(LOS ANGELES) — Passengers aboard a Hawaii-bound flight from Los Angeles experienced some scary moments after the aircraft made an emergency landing Saturday following reports of smoke.
United Flight 1296 was flying over the Pacific Ocean with 149 people onboard when pilots reported smoke in the cabin and cockpit. Immediately, the Boeing 757 turned back to Los Angeles International Airport, where officials had cleared the runways. Fighter planes escorted the aircraft during its return.
Passenger Rebecca Elder said she and her husband had to hold her small children down to keep their oxygen masks and life vests on. At one point, smoke was coming from both sides of the plane, she added.
“The cabin filling with smoke is scary and trying to wrangle two kids and not panic them,” Elder said. “We looked around. The other passengers, everybody was very calm and really nice and helped each other out.”
Fire engines and ambulances were waiting on scene and a command post was set up. The plane landed safely, with no injuries reported.
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