Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing, Firefighters Immediately Rush to the Airport
A Delta flight was evacuated after smoke filled the cabin, with one passenger saying that it was the “scariest thing ever.”
Firefighters rushed to the Denver International Airport on Tuesday night, May 8, after the evacuation. Flight 1854, which is an MD-90 twin-engine airliner, had been flying from Detroit to Denver, Fox reported.
The plane’s 153 passengers were evacuated via emergency exits located on the wing.
There were no reports of a fire, however. Some passengers suffered minor injuries in the incident, according to the airline, CNN reported. Passengers were treated and then released.
Another passenger told CNN that the cabin filled up with smoke as the plane made the landing.
“The oxygen masks never came down and people began to freak out,” D.J. Semenza told CNN. “The crew tried to keep calm and eventually called for an evacuation.”
Denver International Airport spokeswoman Emily Williams said that the smoke was detected before the plane reached the gate.
“The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is our top priority and we apologize for the concern this situation has caused,” Delta wrote Wednesday in a statement, Fox reported.
Video footage taken inside the plane before the evacuation showed smoke in the cabin. Passengers could be heard saying “let us out” while flight attendants told passengers to keep their heads down.
A woman who said she was on the flight wrote on Twitter that a baby was the “last one” who was evacuated.
“Scariest thing. After landing fumes through the vents and fire. Feeling faint and sick. Baby was last one out!!! Emergency evacuation. Scariest thing ever. Delta,” the woman wrote on Twitter.
Scariest thing. After landing fumes through the vents and fire. Feeling faint and sick. Baby was last one out!!! Emergency evacuation. Scariest thing ever. Delta. #Delta #deltaairlines @Delta @DeltaNewsHub pic.twitter.com/oMmkpbhoqo
— Rachel Naftel (@rachelnaftel) May 9, 2018
— Anusha Roy (@AnushaRoy9News) May 9, 2018
“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 told Fox News.
“Airport response vehicles met the aircraft out of an abundance of caution and customers were transported to the terminal via buses,” Delta stated.