- A Delta Air Lines flight was evacuated on Tuesday evening after smoke began to fill the cabin, the airline has confirmed to Business Insider.
- The flight landed and was taxiing to its gate before passengers noticed the smoke.
- A Delta representative said the smoke resulted from hydraulic fluid dripping on the auxiliary power unit.
- Some passengers received minor injuries.
A Delta Air Lines flight was evacuated on Tuesday evening after smoke began to fill the cabin, the airline has confirmed to Business Insider.
Flight 1854 had travelled from Detroit to Denver. The flight landed at Denver International Airport and was taxiing to its gate before passengers noticed the smoke.
A Delta representative told Business Insider that the smoke resulted from hydraulic fluid dripping on the auxiliary power unit. No passengers or crew observed fire in the aircraft.
“After arrival in Denver and during taxi to the gate, Delta flight 1854 from Detroit to Denver stopped on a taxiway where customers deplaned via slides and over-wing exits due to an observance of smoke in the cabin,” the representative said. “Airport response vehicles met the aircraft out of an abundance of caution and customers were transported to the terminal via buses. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is our top priority and we apologise for the concern this situation has caused.”
Denver International Airport said “minor injuries” were reported after the incident on Twitter Wednesday morning.
“Earlier tonight, Delta flight 1854 from Detroit landed safely at DEN,” the airport wrote. “As it was taxiing, smoke was reported in the cabin so the aircraft was safely evacuated. There were no flames. Only minor injuries reported. Airport operations are normal.”
Passenger AJ Davidson described the scene in the cabin before it was evacuated to NBC affiliate KUSA.
“Everyone was kind of yelling, like, ‘Hey, there’s smoke coming out of the vents. What’s going on? Open the doors. Why aren’t the masks dropping down?,'” he said. “After a couple of minutes, the flight attendant was like, ‘Everyone get low to the ground and cover your mouth with a blanket, or clothes, or whatever you have.’ And maybe a minute later, they finally made the call to evacuate the plane. And she yelled, ‘Evacuate the plane,’ and seconds later, the doors popped open. We all jumped down the slide and got out of there as fast as we could.”
In April, a Delta flight from Atlanta to London made an emergency landing at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after an engine began emitting smoke. No injuries were reported.
At least one passenger on Flight 1854 shared images of the plane being evacuated on Twitter, calling the incident the “scariest thing ever.”
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