A Boeing 757 airplane was forced to make an emergency landing and was evacuated at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday, August 5th, after the pilot reported smoke in the plane’s cabin.
American Airlines Flight 31, which was destined for Honolulu, had departed nearly an hour earlier. The crew reported “an odor and haze” in the passenger cabin, which prompted the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Tower to summon emergency vehicles to the airport.
A total of nine companies of Los Angeles firefighters, nine fire department rescue ambulances, four emergency services battalion captains, three battalion chief command teams and one division chief officer command team responded to the call.
The plane landed on Runway 7L, where the pilot ordered the 188 passengers to evacuate via the aircraft’s inflatable slides.
The passengers were then taken to airfield buses, which transported them to a nearby airport hangar.
During a search of the aircraft’s cabin, firefighters did not detect any evidence of smoke or fire.
Eight persons, including one child, sustained minor injuries. They each declined transport and treatment.
The incident is under investigation by the FAA.