Monday, 2 July 2018

United Express flight evacuated after smoke in the cabin

An investigation is underway into why the cabin of United Express aircraft, operated by Mesa Airlines, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport filled with smoke, causing passengers and crew to evacuate.

The aircraft was taxing to the runway for a flight to Houston when the drama occurred on Sunday around 1pm local time.  Smoke was reported in the cabin as and the crew declared an emergency causing passengers and cabin crew to vacate the aircraft via the emergency slides.

Officials said in a statement that passengers and crew members were evacuated without incident using slides and were returned to the gate. 

United flight 6122 (ERJ-170) was taxing for departure to Houston around 1 p.m. Sunday when smoke was reported, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said in a statement.  There were no reports of any injuries to either staff or passengers.