DENVER, Col. – If you are afraid to fly, count your blessings that you were not aboard an American Airlines flight out of Charlotte this past Wednesday, March 4.
The airplane, operated by U.S. Airways, was making its way to a gate at Denver International Airport just before noon. According to spokeswoman Mindy Crane, smoke was reported in the airliner as the plane was taxiing on the runway.
To protect the 158 passengers aboard the flight, the captain ordered emergency chutes to be activated. All 158 passengers, along with six crew members, slid safely to the ground from Flight 445. Everyone boarded buses and were driven safely to the concourse.
Thankfully, only one minor injury was reported during the incident, though it was not immediately clear what that injury was or how it occurred.
Upon inspection of the plane, no sign of fire was detected. What happened and what caused the smoke is still being investigated by officials.
According to passengers on the plane, the evacuation was calm.
Passenger Andy Long reported a smell similar to that of an emergency brake left on in a car. Long also reported a light haze filling the cabin. It was then that passengers and crew were ordered to get out of the plane without their belongings.
While passengers were only forced to wait for about 20 minutes to be transported to the airport by bus, it was more than two hours before their luggage followed. Passengers remained upbeat and had nothing but praise for the conduct of the crew and airport employees.
Long joked on his Instagram that he could remove using an emergency plan exit off of his bucket list.
While most plane rides are non-events, accidents and situations due occur. Officials recommend that when these things happen everyone should pay close attention to and follow the instructions of the captain and crew.
Panic can easily set in, especially for those who are fearful of flying, but that panic is what can turn an otherwise minor situation into something tragic. Remain calm, listen to the instructions that you are given, and do what you are told. Help others when you can and maintain an appropriate level of civility. Yes, your plans may have to be put on hold and you may be delayed in getting where you are going, but it is far better than not getting there at all.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident in Charlotte, our attorneys are here to help you. Call us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and determine the best method for getting you the compensation you deserve. Call now.