May 9, 2015
'Scariest Flight Ever:' Smoke-Filled Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Charleston

A plane from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, Thursday afternoon after the plane's cabin filled with smoke. Passengers were shocked, but no one was harmed in the mysterious incident.

According to CBS News, Delta Flight 2028 was on its way from Fort Lauderdale to New York when something went terribly wrong.

Smoke began filling the cockpit and cabin, and there was something wrong with one engine. The pilot announced over the intercom that he was forced to shut down the malfunctioning engine.

One of the 89 passengers, Fabiola Dias, posted a short video of the plane's cabin according to ABC News.

The pilots had to divert the plane for an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, roughly 700 miles short of their final destination. The FAA reports the problems began a little more than an hour after takeoff.

Katherine Davis, a producer for 60 minutes, happened to be on the plane at the time and talked about her experience with CBS.

"We could hear the beeping of the smoke alarm and it was pretty quickly -- the cabin was filling up with smoke pretty quickly -- so yeah, it was a little nerve wracking. They told all of us to put our heads down in our laps because the air would be fresher."
One woman on the plane took to Twitter to describe the situation.A Delta spokesman explained the pilots had followed procedures and diverted the plane. Delta added that the plane landed safely and successfully taxied to the gate. The airline's mechanics are examining the plane to see what caused the mysterious problems.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, sometimes it's easy to find out why a plane is filled with smoke. A family on a flight to Punta Cana refused to stop smoking in the restrooms, so that plane also had to make an unscheduled landing. In that instance, it was just to kick the smokers off the plane.

As for the Delta flight, the airline provided pizza and drinks once everyone was safely on the ground in Charleston.

A connecting flight from Atlanta picked up the passengers from the smoke-filled plane a little bit before 7:30 p.m. to take them to their final destination, La Guardia Airport in New York.

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