TULSA, Okla. – An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing and evacuate 63 passengers after the pilot declared an emergency.
The plane was en route from Dallas, Texas to Cedar Rapids, Iowa when the pilot smelled an odor in the cabin and made an emergency landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Some passengers say the experience was scary.
“All of us are getting off an airplane, running into a field then told to come back toward the airplane when we don’t know if the airplane is going to explode or what. We didn’t know what was going on,” passenger Dewayne Frazier told KJRH.
Frazier says this was their third problem of the night. The first plane had a mechanical issue. The next plane made some kind of noise so they deplaned, but after mechanics checked out the noise, they took off.
Other passengers say the pilot’s emergency landing was smooth.
“We could tell it was descending quickly. Your ears are popping. It’s rapid descent but a smooth landing. Nothing scary with the landing,” passenger Ranae Dolleslager said.
One passenger was on his way to a job interview in Cedar Rapids.
“They’re going to have to get a big dose of how I do when I just wing it. I planned on doing some preparation tonight. I’m going to have to get up and do my presentation on the fly. We will see how it goes,” passenger John Clark said.
Passengers were given a voucher for a free night’s stay at a local hotel. Their next flight is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
According to KJRH, the cause of the odor is still being investigated.