Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Arizona After Smoke Fills Cabin, Cockpit
On Sunday, a United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Tucson International Airport in Arizona after smoke filled the cabin and the cockpit.
According to Ally Aldrete and Christina Myers of ABC News, Flight 6517 departed from Tucson at around 6 a.m. local time and was en route to Los Angeles International Airport when the incident occurred.
Shortly after takeoff, the cabin and cockpit began to fill up with smoke, prompting the pilot to call for an emergency landing. Tucson Airport spokesperson Jessie Butler said there were 77 passengers on the plane at the time of the incident.
While the report claims there was no fire, passengers onboard reported the smoke made breathing difficult. Other passengers on the plane reported that people were screaming and terrified by the smoke filling the aircraft.
Flight 6517 made a successful emergency landing with no reported injuries, and the plane was immediately taxied to the gate. Airport and airline officials are now investigating the cause of the smoke. No word on whether oxygen masks were deployed to help fliers breathe.
One of the passengers, Tiffany Lizares, was traveling with her husband and three-month-old baby at the time of the emergency landing. She told ABC News, “I was too concerned with my daughter that I had put a blanket over her head because for a newborn the smell was just too strong. We were so scared that I actually, at the door, handed my baby to my husband and told him to run because he's a faster runner than I am.”
Tiffany’s husband Rylan Lizares also spoke about the incident, saying, “Luckily I ran out to the left, which had an exit ramp. The other passengers who went to the right or over the wings had to jump out of the plane, so it was about a six foot drop.”
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