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Alaska passengers claim that they weren’t allowed to evacuate’, smoke-filled cabin after emergency landing

Two different people claimed that the cabin was filled with smoke and passengers are not permitted to immediately evacuate.

(Reuters)

A Alaska flight had to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff when it experienced mechanical issues Wednesday.

Flight 101 was on the way to Phoenix from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when it was forced to turn around and head back to the airport.

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After landing safely, the plane was met by the local fire and rescue services, but they found nothing out of the ordinary.

Two different people on Twitter claimed that the cabin was filled with smoke and passengers are not permitted to immediately evacuate.

“Alaska flight 101 was an electric smoke-filled cabin, landed and stuck on the runway while everyone is burning up inside with no air for almost 45 min while they inspect the outside of the plane,” Chris Pelton wrote.

Alaska flight 101 was an electric smoke-filled cabin, landed and stuck on the runway while everyone is burning up inside with no air for almost 45 min while they inspect the exterior of the aircraft. Hello!!! The smoke is the inside of the aircraft.?#AllegiantAirDoesntCare pic.twitter.com/z2wcCtsGvT

— Chris Pelton (@ChrisPelton8) July 4, 2018

“Gf is on Alaska flight CID to Phoenix. Plane left filled with smoke, landed in CR, aid workers on the ground. They won’t let the passengers leave the plane!” C. Willis Smith wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

A spokesman for Alaska, told Fox News the crew declared the emergency “out of an abundance of caution” and all 157 passengers “deplaned normally.”

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“As far as the wait to deplane, we had to wait for a few minutes for an available gate at the airport — something we obviously would not have done if the plane was really to fill with smoke.’ The aircraft was not filling with smoke, and there was no need to evacuate,” the spokesman said.

The passengers were later flown to Phoenix on another plane.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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