Plane at Jackson airport evacuated due to smoke

Updated: Nov. 15, 2019 at 3:16 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A plane was grounded at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers Airport on Friday.

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority said the United Airlines flight was kept on the ground due to smoke in the cockpit. The plane was about 30 feet from the jet bridge when the crew noticed the smoke.

Passengers also said they smelled smoke in the back of the plane.

“A number of people smelled the smoke; I have a cold so I couldn’t smell it. But I could see in the cockpit, I saw something hazy in there," passenger Dr. randy Easterling said. “And that’s when the plane stopped and that’s when they announced that there was smoke in the cockpit and we would have to return.”

Everyone was able to get off the plane safely. United Airlines is working to get passengers on different flights.

It’s unclear what caused the smoke to appear.

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