Smoke filling plane mid-flight forces emergency landing in US; 7 people hospitalized
A plane to Honolulu was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin of the jet filled with thick white smoke.
Hawaiian Airlines flight HA47 from Oakland to Honolulu with 191 people on board filled with thick smoke 20 minutes before reaching its destination. Passengers and crew were forced to breathe the smoke-filled air until the jet made an emergency landing and evacuated everyone via inflatable slides.
Five adults and two children were hospitalized with “smoke-related symptoms”, according to the airline. The uninjured passengers were all transported from the runway to the airport via a bus.
According to the airport fire chief, Glenn Mitchell, most passengers were suffering from minor respiratory concerns and several people had bumps and bruises, the Washington Post reports.
"Scary last 20 minutes of our flight," one passenger posted on Instagram, showing a photo of the plane taken on the runway with its slides deployed. "Mahalo Hawaiian Air getting us home safely."
"We sincerely apologize to our passengers for this incident and thank them for their cooperation in the evacuation," Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement. "We are working with airport officials and first responders to support our passengers and respond to this event."
The FAA is investigating the incident.