“I have not stopped coughing. Don’t understand why they didn’t let us get off the plane right away.
“We apologise to customers of flight 127 from Madrid to New York–JFK, as the crew elected to deplane the aircraft due to a smoky odour detected in the cockpit and cabin,” an airline spokesperson told Fox News.
“Customers safely exited the aircraft, which was still at the gate and were then reaccommodated to their final destinations.
“We are working to reach out to these customers individually as we extend our apologies.”
“I see that our Maintenance Teams are currently working on this issue,” the airline’s Twitter account replied to a passenger.
The airline is also said to be reaching out to passengers on the affected flight to provide compensation.
In further aviation news, a woman appeared in court today after she allegedly tried to open an aircraft door mid-flight.
Jet2 passenger Chloe Haines had to be restrained after she tried to open a plane door mid-flight, Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard.
A shocking photo taken at the scene appears to show Chloe Haines, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire lying on the floor of the aircraft.
She was later charged with assault by beating and a reckless or negligent act in a manner likely to endanger aircraft or people in an aircraft.
A Delta Air Lines flight out of Madrid was evacuated prior to takeoff on Tuesday after smoke began filling the cabin.
The plane, which was bound for New York, was reportedly delayed for two hours following the evacuation, per Flight Aware. The smoke was believed to have been caused by oil dripping on an auxiliary power unit.
After video of the incident was posted to Twitter, Delta confirmed its maintenance teams were looking into the incident. (@Roccotons via Storyful)
“The @delta plane got on fire in the back,” one passenger claimed in a Twitter post that contained footage of the incident. “There was smoke everywhere.”
The Twitter user, who identified himself as Paz, also claimed that passengers were not immediately allowed off the plane once the smoke was detected, and that he had “not stopped coughing” as of posting the tweet on Tuesday.
“We apologize to customers of flight 127 from Madrid to New York–JFK, as the crew elected to deplane the aircraft due to a smoky odor detected in the cockpit and cabin," a spokesperson said in a statement provided to Fox News. "Customers safely exited the aircraft, which was still at the gate and were then reaccommodated to their final destinations. We are working to reach out to these customers individually as we extend our apologies.”
Delta also confirmed on social media that its maintenance teams were investigating the incident.
Delta said the plane has since reentered service. The airline is also reaching out to passengers to provide compensation.