Passenger on smokey plane: "I was happy I kissed my wife before - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Passenger on smokey plane: "I was happy I kissed my wife before I left because you never know"

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KHQ - Luke French was one of 75 passengers on board flight 2372 Tuesday morning that made an emergency landing at the Spokane International Airport after the cabin filled with smoke.  He said he was surprised how calm everyone remained but could definitely sense the panic, especially when a flight attendant on board started running up and down the aisle with a fire extinguisher telling passengers to let her know if they felt any hot spots. 

"There was a period of time for about 30 seconds that I was happy I had kissed my wife before I left just because you never know," French said. 

The plane, a Q400 for Alaska/Horizon, took off from Seattle  at 7:15 and was supposed to land in Spokane originally anyway.  About 15 minutes prior to landing, the cabin started to fill with smoke. French said the smoke filled the cabin very quickly and the smell of burning oil was present. He said he was sitting about 16 rows back and for the last 5 minutes of the flight he couldn't clearly see the front of the plane.

The pilots, who had a combined 18-years of flying experience for Horizon, declared an emergency landing and passengers were told at first they were going to divert to Portland but ended up landing in Spokane safely as scheduled at 8:15am. No injuries were sustained and no one needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

 The Spokane Fire Department was waiting on the runway when the plane landed. The cause of the smoke has not been determined and the plane has been removed from service for a full inspection by maintenance technicians. 

In a statement to KHQ, Alaska/Horizon said, "We deeply apologize for the experience our customers had on this flight."

No other Spokane flight operations were impacted by flight 2372 but the runway was closed from 8:15am - 9:15am while the plane was removed. 

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