Friday, November 16 2012 @ 04:15 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
None of the passengers were injured in the incident, which occurred in mid-flight, and that the situation "was surpassed through the timely implementation of protocols," said Colombia's Civil Aviation said in a statement.
The crew of the aircraft, a Boeing 737 with tail number HP 1371, "reported the presence of smoke in the cabin" shortly after taking off from the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, said a member of the press office of the agency. The Civil Aeronautics opened an investigation into the causes of the emergency. (TVN)
Editor's Comment: Common occurrence. Things break, and on airplanes electronics and control boxes in the cabin can easily fail, "fry" or otherwise go up in smoke during flight. This sort of thing used to happen all the time on the C-130's I used to fly on in the Air Force. You isolate, pop circuit breakers, get below 10,000 feet, vent, declare an "In Flight Emergency" (IFE), and land. Hopefully the small little sparking wire doesn't find a fuel line or something, and it's all good. Wake me up when a wing falls off...