A Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing after smoke filled the cabin and passengers thought “this was the end.”
Delta Flight 2846 made an emergency landing in Albuquerque on Tuesday after mysterious smoke filled both the passenger cabin and the cockpit.
Video filmed on board shows the cabin filling with smoke from the front, and passenger and podcaster Gary Vaughn said he could only see a few rows in front of him.
“I knew something catastrophic had happened,” he said on his podcast.
“Everyone was crying, everyone was screaming, everyone really thought the engines had been shut down. And you could hear us just sliding… we were still pretty steady. There was no turbulence, there was nothing.
The pilot told the 1[ads1]93 passengers that they had “lost oil pressure in the right engine” and that it had “lost all power,” Vaughn said.
Throughout the process, Vaughn said the four flight attendants were upstairs handing out water to passengers.
“The pilot had full control of the aircraft. “I don’t think he ever lost control of the plane,” Vaughn said.
“The screaming, crying people definitely thought this was the end,” he said. “It was harrowing at best. When you watch movies and see all the frantic crying and screaming and you hear that kind of thing, that’s exactly what happened.’
A dead-headed pilot on the plane reportedly told Vaughn that the smoke was coming from the engine because it had no oil.
Delta Flight 2846 made an emergency landing in Albuquerque on Tuesday after mysterious smoke filled both the passenger cabin and cockpit
Passenger video shows the scary scene as smoke filtered towards the back of the plane, significantly heavier towards the front as an alarm sounded
Fellow passenger Mason Weiner said on Twitter that the smoke came from “burnt oil” in the engine. Another passenger, who goes by Queen Rainey Reigns on Facebook, also claimed the flight crew told passengers there was no oil in the engine and that the plane was “declining in altitude.”
Delta has not released an official cause of the smoke. DailyMail.com has reached out for comment.
The pilots were able to land safely at the Albuquerque International Sunport, according to FAA Public Affairs Specialist Donnell Evans.
Passengers Gary Vaughn (left) and Queen Rainey Reigns (right) were both on the plane. Describing the moment as being in a movie, Vaughn said, “When I watch disaster movies now, I want to be completely terrified.” Rainey agreed, saying she was ‘scared’ and had thought to herself: ‘Oh my God, am I going to make it?’
Another passenger Mason Weiner said the pilots landed the plane “smoothly” and were “amazing”
“The crew was amazing and made everything as smooth as possible while making an emergency landing in #Albuquerque,” Weiner wrote.
Various videos posted online by passengers show an eerie cabin filling with light smoke, with a significantly heavier cloud towards the front of the plane.
While the passengers sat quietly, a piercing emergency alarm went off steadily.
As the plane touched down on the runway, a flight crew member can be heard in Vaughan’s video telling passengers to “keep your seat belts on” while fire crews checked out the plane before it could taxi to the gate.
Rainey also said the plane started smoking when they were over Texas.
“Everyone, it’s been a day,” Rainey said. ‘So we [were] flying, we [were] in the air on the flight over Texas and the inside of our plane started to smoke. The fire alarm goes off, as if it beeps like the house when there is too much smoke…it should go off.
“The plane is just smoking inside,” Rainey, who had been sleeping on the plane, said on his Facebook story. “What can you do 36,000 feet in the air on a smoking plane? You just sit there and pray for the best. It is the realization of it all.
“You just have to talk your way through it and confirm yourself through it, and that’s what I had to do.
The flight path shows that the plane had taken off from Atlanta and landed in Albuquerque
The pilots (pictured) were able to land safely at the Albuquerque International Sunport. The FAA is investigating the incident
“It was an experience,” she said. “I was scared, I was terrified. It was the second scariest thing that happened in my life…it was a moment of: Oh my God, am I going to make it?’
The plane landed safely and journalist Mark Johnson posted a video of the pilots, thanking them for getting them to Albuquerque.
The FAA is investigating the incident and 193 passengers were diverted to LAX on a later flight.
Delta Airlines told DailyMail.com in a statement: “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and crew.”
Delta’s maintenance personnel are looking at the aircraft’s malfunction.
“Delta did a great job,” Vaughn said. “I think their aircrew were tremendous, they kept everyone calm.”
Vaughn said Delta offered them a $150 flight credit, but he doesn’t think it’s enough after the experience they went through.
“When I watch disaster movies now, I want to be completely terrorized,” he said. “It was madness.”