Surinam Airways … Oops, Wanna Get Away … Smoke in Cabin from Flight from Miami to Aruba


Doesn’t this story instill confidence in visiting “One Happy Island”? Airplane cabin fills with smoke as 90 passengers, including two babies had to evacuate the airplane, after having landed at Reina Beatrix airport  in Aruba.

The airplane, a MD-80 charter of Falcon Airways Express with a capacity for 172 passengers, flew from Miami to Aruba, and landed at the Reina Beatrix airport at 17.45 hours. During, or after the landing, the pilot switched on the APU too early, probably causing a short circuit, and smoke entered the cabin through the air conditioning system. The APU-system, which supplies electricity at the moment that an airplane is not flying, may only be switched on, after a complete standstill of the airplane, says a spokesperson of the airport authority AAA.

After the cabin was filled with smoke, the airplane crew decided to evacuate the passengers. Some passengers panicked and decided to open the emergency exist doors by themselves. The passengers left the airplane by way of inflatable chutes at the emergency exists, and then ran towards the airport terrain. They were taken care of shortly afterwards.

Posted June 25, 2009 by
Amigoe, Aruba, Travel, WTF | 3 comments

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Surinam Airways … Oops, Wanna Get Away … Smoke in Cabin from Flight from Miami to Aruba”

    1. dotratc on June 25th, 2009 3:10 pm

      “Doesn’t this story instill confidence in visiting “One Happy Island”?”

      What a very peculiar comment. Is this supposed to be Aruba’s fault, somehow? Are you trying to imply that this sort of thing happens all the time? Kudos to the ground crew at Reina Beatrix.

    2. Dolf on June 26th, 2009 5:25 am

      moral of this story: don’t fly Surinam airlines

    3. Jack Sims on December 16th, 2009 1:24 pm

      I don’t think this was a dig on Aruba. Just be glad they had a good sized island to land on. Some of my trips to the Caribbean fekt more like a crash the way we had to drop out of the sky to land on that tiny piece of land.

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