Philadelphia: JetBlue Plane Makes Emergency Landing With Smoke in Cabin, No Injuries

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 18, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A JetBlue plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday with smoke coming out of the plane’s cabin.

Laura-Chase McGehee, a photojournalist, tweeted photos of people exiting the plane. “Btw, we’re all okay,” she said. “Crew and passengers were composed and very brave.”

Meghan Duffy, an assistant professor at in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Michigan, said she was in a nearby plane and saw that the JetBlue plane had slides deployed and fire trucks around it.

The plane originated in Boston, leaving around 4:40 p.m., and was scheduled to arrive in Baltimore, Maryland at 6:11 p.m., according to JetBlue’s flight tracker.

The new new estimated arrival has been pushed back multiple times–first to 8:34 p.m., then to 9:07 p.m., and again to 9:32 p.m. 

In its latest email alerts pushed back the estimated departure. First it was 10 p.m., then 10:50 p.m. Then 11:10 p.m. Then 11:45 p.m. Now it’s 1:00 a.m.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding,” the airline says with each new alert. 

The plane finally took off at 1:27 a.m. and arrived at 1:53 a.m., according to email alerts

In a statement that the Baltimore Sun obtained about the emergency landing, JetBlue said that “In an abundance of caution, the captain elected to divert, after the crew reported an odor of smoke in the cabin.”

No injures are reported. 95 passengers and 4 crew members were on board.

The flight number is 827.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.