A Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing after smoke billowed into the cabin and passengers thought ‘it was the end’.
Delta Flight 2846 made an emergency landing in Albuquerque on Tuesday after mysterious smoke filled both the passenger cabin and the cockpit.
Video filmed on board shows the cabin filled with smoke from the front and passenger and podcaster Gary Vaughn said he could only see “a few rows” ahead of him.
“I knew something catastrophic had happened,” he said on his podcast.
“Everyone was crying, everyone was screaming, everyone basically thought the engines were off. And you could hear we were just hovering…we were still pretty stable. There was no turbulence, there was nothing.
The pilot told the 193 passengers they had “lost oil pressure in the right engine” and he had “lost all power,” Vaughn said.
Throughout the process, Vaughn said the four flight attendants were on their feet and dispensing water to passengers.
“The pilot had full control of the plane. I don’t think he ever lost control of the plane,” Vaughn said.
“People who were screaming and crying definitely thought it was the end,” he said. “It was heartbreaking at best. When you watch movies and see all the frantic crying and screaming and hearing that stuff, that’s exactly what happened.
A headlong pilot on the flight reportedly told Vaughn the smoke was coming from the engine because there was no oil.
Delta Flight 2846 made an emergency landing in Albuquerque on Tuesday after mysterious smoke filled both the passenger cabin and the cockpit
Passenger video shows the eerie scene as smoke filtered through the back of the plane, much heavier forward as an alarm sounded
Another passenger, Mason Weiner, said on Twitter that the smoke came from “burnt oil” in the engine. Another passenger, who goes by the name Queen Rainey Reigns on Facebook, also claimed the flight crew told the passengers there was no oil in the engine and the plane was “throwing down”. altitude”.
Delta has not released an official reason for the smoke. DailyMail.com has asked for comment.
The pilots were able to land safely at Albuquerque International Sunport, according to FAA Public Affairs Specialist Donnell Evans.
Passengers Gary Vaughn (left) and Queen Rainey Reigns (right) were both on the flight. Vaughn described the moment as being in a movie, saying, “When I watch disaster movies now, I’ll be completely in awe.” Rainey agreed, saying she was “terrified” and thought, “Oh my God, am I going to make it?”
Another passenger, Mason Weiner, said the pilots landed ‘smoothly’ and were ‘amazing’
“Crew was amazing and made everything as smooth as possible on an emergency landing in #Albuquerque,” Weiner wrote.
Various videos posted online by passengers show an eerie cabin filled with light smoke, with a much heavier plume towards the front of the plane.
As the passengers sat calmly, a piercing emergency alarm went off regularly.
When the plane landed on the runway, a member of the flight crew can be heard in the video of Vaughan telling passengers to ‘keep their seat belts fastened’ as firefighters checked the plane before it can’t roll to the door.
Rainey also said the plane started smoking while over Texas.
“Y’all, it’s been a day,” Rainey said. ‘So we [were] fly, we [were] in the air on the plane over Texas and the inside of our plane started to smoke. The fire alarm goes off, like it beeps like the one in the house when there’s too much smoke…it goes off.
“The plane is just smoking inside,” Rainey, who had been taking a nap during the flight, said on her Facebook Story. ‘What can you do 36,000 feet in the air in a smoking airplane? Just set there and pray for the best. It is the realization of all this.
“You just have to speak up and say your thing, and that’s what I had to do.
The flight path shows that the plane had taken off from Atlanta and landed in Albuquerque
The pilots (pictured) were able to land safely at Albuquerque International Sunport. The FAA is investigating the incident
“It was an experience,” she said. “I was scared, I was terrified. It was the second scariest thing to ever happen in my life…it was a moment of, ‘Oh my God, am I going to make it?’
The plane landed safely and journalist Mark Johnson posted a video of the pilots, thanking them for getting them to Albuquerque.
The FAA is investigating the incident and 193 passengers have been rerouted to LAX on a later flight.
Delta Airlines told DailyMail.com in a statement: “Nothing is important but the safety of our customers and our crew.”
Delta maintenance professionals investigate the aircraft malfunction.
“Delta did a great job,” Vaughn said. “I think their flight crew was great, they kept everyone calm.”
Vaughn said Delta offered them a $150 flight credit, but he doesn’t think that’s enough after their experience.
“When I watch disaster movies now, I’m completely in awe,” he said. ‘It was crazy.’
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