Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) announced (15-Sep-2010) its study indicated that in North America, there are on average up to three smoke incidents per day resulting in an average of one unscheduled or emergency landing per day. The study comes following the UPS B747-400 crash on 03-Sep-2010 at Dubai Airport which was caused by smoke in the cockpit. Accident investigators, including the National Transportation Safety Board, have made several recommendations over the past 40 years to address the unsafe condition of a smoke-filled cockpit.
According to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the two pilots which were killed in the incident "were offered by Bahrain Air Traffic Control to land at Doha, but they decided to return... to Dubai, then they experienced cockpit visibility and communications problems,” (Arabian Business, 15-Sep-2010). [more]