Passengers Forced To Evacuate US Airways Flight
PHOTO: Denver International Airport. (TravelPulse file photo)
A US Airways flight from Charlotte, N.C was forced to evacuate down the emergency chutes immediately after landing at Denver International Airport on Wednesday after smoke began filling the cockpit and cabin.
"There was smoke coming out of the wall," Captain Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, told Fox News. "What caused it was contained to that one area. They are still investigating the cause. I can't say there was fire, but there was smoke. There was not visible fire."
In a statement, Denver International spokeswoman Andrew Huguely said: "While taxiing to the gate, the pilot was alerted to possible smoke in the cabin. The passengers and crew deplaned via the slides."
Passengers were taken via bus to the terminal to retrieve their luggage. There were only three minor injuries, according to officials.
US Airways Flight 445 had 158 passengers and six crewmembers on board, according to the airline.
American Airlines has notified the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Passengers told both Fox News and the Denver Post that the evacuation was calm and nearly everybody adhered to the flight attendants’ instructions to “get out, get out, and don’t take your stuff.”
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