A Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque on Tuesday after the plane’s cabin appeared to fill with smoke, the airline said.
Delta Flight 2846 was en route to Los Angeles International Airport from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when what a Delta spokesperson described as the smell of smoke began to fill the cabin.
Flight crew members also observed a performance issue with one of the plane’s two engines, causing the hijacking, the spokesperson said Tuesday. It was unclear if the smoke was related to the engine problem.
“Everything was normal and then suddenly there was smoke in the cabin,” Mason Weiner, a passenger on the flight who captured video of light smoke flooding the plane, told NBC News on Tuesday.
“Someone started shouting that there was a fire but the flight attendants (in a very professional way) told everyone to relax, it wasn’t a fire and to stay seated “, Weiner said.
The plane landed safely at Albuquerque International Sunport and Delta said its crews were arranging for the flight to continue on another plane that was due to arrive in Albuquerque later Tuesday evening. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for updates early Wednesday morning.
Weiner said the plane was greeted by “a full welcome of fire engines and all” when it landed in Albuquerque. He said he and other passengers were waiting for a new plane to arrive to ferry them to Los Angeles. He added that Delta had “ordered Chick-fil-A for everyone.”
“Nothing is important but the safety of our customers and our crew. That’s why our flight crew followed procedures to safely divert today’s Flight 2846 to Albuquerque,” said the Delta spokesperson, apologizing for the delay in passenger travel plans.