Smoke in the Cabin: Vueling Flight to Palma U-Turns to Barcelona

Smoke in the Cabin: Vueling Flight to Palma U-Turns to Barcelona
Olivier CABARET, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Around two days ago, a Vueling flight to Palma de Mallorca u-turned back to Barcelona due to smoke in the cabin.

Such an incident happened minutes after departure, prompting quick and swift action from the crew.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

VY3910 – Barcelona-Palma de Mallorca…

Smoke in the Cabin: Vueling Flight to Palma U-Turns to Barcelona
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Smoke in the Cabin: Vueling Flight to Palma U-Turns to Barcelona
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Vueling flight VY3910 is a routine scheduled flight between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

The affected rotation involved in this incident is registered as EC-NAY.

As per data from, EC-NAY is a 5.3 year old Airbus A320neo that was delivered to the Spanish carrier in November 2018.

Of the A320neo variant, Vueling has 25 of them in the fleet, of which 14 are in active service and 11 are parked.

Average fleet age for the variant in the Spanish airline’s fleet is at 4.9 years.

VY3910 departed Barcelona at 1447 local time on March 14, and initially headed out to Palma de Mallorca.

As per reporting from The Aviation Herald, the crew stopped their climb at FL110.

This was due to the crew receiving a smoke indication in the cabin, which prompted a return back to the airport.

Furthermore, EC-NAY landed back into Barcelona without further incident, and the flight to Palma de Mallorca was cancelled.

The aircraft was grounded for the rest of March 14, and re-entered service the next day following fixes.

Why Did It Have to Return?

Olivier CABARET, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Smoke on an aircraft can be dangerous not just to the crew, but also to the passengers as welll.

Due to potential toxic elements, this can be harmful, which is why a quick return back to Barcelona was needed.

Furthermore, it is better to have the flight cancelled and passengers rebooked than to risk the issue getting worse.

About a week or so ago, an Aer Lingus Airbus A320 suffered a similar issue at Dublin Airport.

Upon landing, crew in the cockpit were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

So in this case, the crew onboard Vueling flight VY3910 between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca did the right thing.

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