A United Airlines flight aborted takeoff due to smoke in the cabin on September 2, 2022. The flight was attempting to take off from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport en route to Newark, New Jersey. According to reports, as the plane began to accelerate smoke filled the cabin. Everyone on board flight UA71 was evacuated due to concerns of smoke inhalation. There were 253 passengers at the time. Local authorities have indicated the smoke may have been caused by an electrical short on board the plane. Multiple passengers are believed to have sustained injuries due to smoke inhalation. It is unknown at this time what gases were inhaled by the passengers on board the flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration has previously provided guidance to pilots regarding the risks of smoke inhalation:
Extinguishment of fires obviously has first priority, but smoke inhalation should be recognized as a very real danger while this is being accomplished. Inhalation of toxic gases in smoke is the primary cause of fatalities in most fi res—this is true whether the fire is in an aircraft cabin, a residential bedroom, or a high-rise building. Smoke gases do not need to reach lethal levels to seriously impair pilot performance. Sublethal exposures can cause even experienced pilots to make potentially fatal mistakes
There have been a number of recent plane crashes in 2022. A Cessna plane crashed near Waxahachie, Texas on August 28, 2022. A single-engine Aeronca 7AC plane crashed in Jacksboro, Tennessee on August 29, 2022. The pilot was killed in a small plane crash in French Lick, Indiana on August 27, 2022. A Krucker Cygnet Ultralight Trike crashed near Minnie Lake in Minnesota on August 27, 2022. A Cessna 172 crashed in Mayfield Heights, Ohio on August 30, 2022. A Cirrus SR-22 plane crashed near Houston, Texas on September 1, 2022 after experiencing engine failure. A Yakovlev Yak-11 crashed after taking off from the Minter Field Airport on September 2, 2022.
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