Cape Town – An American Eagle aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing and quickly evacuate passengers following a report of fumes in the cockpit.
Although the cause of the fumes is yet to be detected, passengers thought that there had been a fire in the cockpit of the jet, which caused the heavy fumes.
Gibril Mansaray, one of the 63 passengers on board the Flight 3235, also thought the cockpit had caught fire.
He uploaded a video of the evacuated aircraft onto YouTube saying the “flight emergency landed after a fire broke out in the cockpit”.
The flight made an unscheduled landing at Tulsa International Airport 45 minutes after taking off from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, reports Daily Mail.
The aircraft carried 63 passengers and 5 crew members, all of whom were uninjured following the incident according to Alexis Higgins, the Tulsa International Airport spokesperson.
She said that the passengers were allowed to get off the airplane, where airport respondents were able then to make sure everybody was in good health. The passengers were then provided transportation to the terminal building.
Mansaray told ABC News, that he was trying to keep himself calm, but couldn’t help thinking that he doesn’t want to die in a plane crash. In the footage he recorded, he sounds clearly unsettled and is heard saying, “at least we made it down”.
An American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 (N684JW) flight from Dallas made an emergency landing 45 minutes after takeoff tonight when the pilots smelled an “unusual odor” in the cockpit, the airline said.
The regional jet, operated by Irving, Texas-based Envoy, was en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when it diverted to Tulsa.
Flight 3235 landed safely at Tulsa International Airport and the 67 passengers and a crew of four were bused to the terminal.
“The passengers were allowed to get off the airplane, where airport responders were able then to make sure everybody was OK and then provide them transportation to the terminal building,” Tulsa International Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said.
GHiggins says none of the 67 passengers or crew members was injured.
She did not know what caused the fumes in the cockpit, and referred questions to the airline.
American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the airline is still trying to determine the cause of the fumes.
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