Passengers stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit in Denver. Picture: AP
Passengers stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit in Denver. Picture: AP

Passengers forced to wing it in horror flight

PASSENGERS had to evacuate a Delta Air Lines flight after it landed at Denver International Airport on Tuesday night because of smoke in the cabin.

Fox News reports the passengers said the landing was fine, and then there was smoke in the cabin. Denver International Airport said the emergency evacuation happened while the plane was taxiing to the terminal.

Passengers stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit. Picture: AP
Passengers stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit. Picture: AP

Delta Flight 1854 from Detroit landed about 8:10pm (12:10pm AEST). The MD-90 aircraft had 146 passengers plus crew members on board.

Flight attendants alerted passengers to put something over their faces and to get down as low as possible.

"We didn't get any clear instructions so people were like, hey, smoke," passenger Paige Armstrong said. "Someone was whistling, people were yelling, everyone was pressing their buttons and then they opened the cockpit.

 

"The woman next to me may have been a flight attendant and she said they are checking with the pilot to see what was going on. And I said, 'Why don't they let us out?' Then they did. Then everyone was very orderly and polite."

Passengers stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit. Picture: AP
Passengers stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit. Picture: AP

All of the passengers were able to get off by using slides and over-wing exits. There have been a few reports of minor smoke inhalation.

"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," Delta said in a statement.

Passengers exit a plane and stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit. Picture: AP
Passengers exit a plane and stand on the tarmac of Denver International Airport after being evacuated from a Delta flight from Detroit. Picture: AP

"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."

Airport operations were not impacted.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what went wrong with the plane.

This article was originally published on Fox News and is republished here with permission


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