Smoke-filled SAS plane in emergency landing

A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plane bound for Arlanda Airport made an emergency landing in Västerås in central Sweden on Friday after the aircraft filled up with smoke.

All 101 passengers were wearing masks as the plane hit the ground. A number of the passengers were in shock but there were no injuries.

“It was full of smoke but it has landed and everybody is out. They’re now cooling down the plane,” said emergency services spokeswoman Sonja Fredriksson.

There has as yet been no explanation as to what may have caused the smoke.

The plane was travelling from Gardemoen in Norway in a Boeing 737 and was bound for Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.

“They stopped on the runway and made an immediate evacuation. We’ve heard from the tower that it went well,” said Johan Beischer from the Swedish air rescue services.

SAS characterized the landing in Västerås as “normal”.

“There were indications that there was a smell of smoke. The captain chose to descend into Västerås. It was a normal landing.

“The captain did of course have to react quickly because of the smell of smoke, which was why there were ambulances and rescue services in place,” said SAS spokeswoman Monica Hultberg.


‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

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Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers.