DENVER – A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Denver was evacuated after reports of smoke in the cabin after landing on Tuesday night at Denver International Airport.
Delta Airlines Flight 1854 from Detroit was already in Detroit for about three hours late before departure, according to flight data and a passenger who was on the plane with Denver7, Jim McManus.
Just landed. Had to evacuate. Escape from hell. Good job delta. pic.twitter.com/dKZG6eIUn4
– Jim McManus (@ JimMcManus614) May 9, 2018
But all passengers had to be evacuated when the plane landed in Denver around 8:00 pm, DIA confirmed Denver7.
McManus told Denver7 that smoke came through the cabin openings after the plane landed in Denver and as it rolled to its arrival gate.
He said the flight attendants had been "quiet" throughout the ordeal, telling the passengers to lower their heads and wait with passengers before evacuating themselves.
– NWOtweeter May 9, 2018
He said he was not sure where the smoke originally came from, but he said it was not too thick and most of the people aboard the plane stayed calm throughout.
"We were grateful that it was not when we were in the air, McManus said things could have been" a lot worse. "
" We were sitting there somehow mumbling together … one guy pointed out that it did not happen while we were in the air … so again, it could not have gone any better, "he said.
Scary thing, after the smoke came in through the vents Feeling weak and sick Baby was the last !!! Emergency evacuation Creepy thing ever. Delta. #Delta #deltaairlines @Delta @DeltaNewsHub pic.twitter .com / oMmkpbhoqo
– Rachel Naftel (@rachelnaftel) May 9, 2018
Delta Airlines delivered a notice to Denver7 about the incident Tuesday night.
"Upon arrival in Denver and during the taxi to the port, delta stopped in 1854 from Detroit to Denver on a taxiway Where customers have chutes and overflow outputs due to compliance with smoke in the cabin, "the airline said in a statement.
"Airport response vehicles hit the plane with caution and customers were transported by bus to the terminal," it said. "The safety of Delta's customer and crew is our top priority and we apologize for the concern that has caused this situation."
DIA also issued a statement on Twitter:
"Earlier tonight, Delta's flight from Detroit landed safely in 1854. When it was rolling, smoke was reported in the cabin, so the aircraft was safely evacuated no flames – only slight injuries reported – airport operations are normal. "
This is a developing news story; Denver7 is working to learn more and will update this story with the latest information.