Asiana Airlines flight returning to Los Angeles over smoke in cargo area

Asiana Airlines Inc. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Jan 10, 2012.
Asiana Airlines Inc. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Jan 10, 2012.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Asiana Airlines flight bound for Seoul, South Korea, with more than 350 people on board was returning to Los Angeles on Tuesday (Sept 27) after smoke was reported in the cargo section, a spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport said.

Asiana Flight 201 left Los Angeles about 12.30pm (3.30am Wednesday Singapore time) and alerted the airport within several hours that it was returning after smoke was reported in the bulkhead, or cargo, area, LAX spokesman Nancy Castles said.

The flight, an Airbus 380-800, was expected to land at LAX at about 7.30pm, Ms Castles said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said he had no information on the incident.

A spokesman for Asiana Airlines declined to comment when reached by Reuters.

The flight was originally bound for Incheon International Airport with about 353 passengers and crew on board, Ms Castles said.