Plane scare for Ashley Olsen, 'Hangover' actor
Cockpit fire forces emergency landing near WashingtonWASHINGTON -- Ashley Olsen and "The Hangover" actor Justin Bartha were among the passengers of an airliner that was forced to make an emergency landing near Washington.
Investigators are looking into whether long-known problems with the heating system in a cockpit window of the Boeing 757 played a role in the cockpit fire that led to the emergency landing, federal safety officials said Monday.
United Airlines Flight 27 en route from New York to Los Angeles with 112 people aboard made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Sunday night, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The fire was extinguished before the plane landed and no injuries were reported, FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said.
Among the plane's passengers were Olsen, the actress and fashion designer; Justin Bartha, who appeared in the "The Hangover" and the "National Treasure" movies; Pamela Adlon, a star on the Showtime series "Californication"; and Jarrod Spector, a star of the Broadway show "Jersey Boys."
Adlon, who was sitting in the second row, said she smelled smoke about 30 minutes into the flight.
"All of a sudden the cockpit door opened and it was the captain and he said, 'I need a fire extinguisher.' And there were flames coming out of the cockpit," Adlon told the AP in a phone interview from her Los Angeles home.
An attendant brought a fire extinguisher but the first cabin filled with smoke, she said.
When the plane arrived at Dulles, the runway was filled with emergency vehicles and fire trucks. She said passengers had to stay in their seats and a firefighter came on board and opened the cockpit door.
"We saw the windshield was completely cracked and shattered," she said. "We realized it was really bad. We were really lucky."
Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the board has dispatched three investigators to examine the cockpit to determine the cause of the fire.