• Alaska Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Spokane

    By: KIRO 7 STAFF


    SPOKANE, Wash. - A smoke-filled cabin forced an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Spokane to make an emergency landing.

    Alaska spokeswoman Halley Knigge said flight 2372 landed safely in Spokane at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday with 75 passengers and 4 crewmembers on board. There were no injuries.


    Knigge said about 15 minutes prior to landing passengers reported "heavy smoke" throughout the cabin. She said the cause is unknown and the Bombardier Q400 has been taken out of service and will be inspected.

    Flight attendants created improvised “gas masks” to help passengers breathe.  They can be seen in cell phone video taking bottles of water and pouring them on towels and articles of clothing for people to use for breathing.

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    Passenger Ryan Mitrovich told The Associated Press that after the smoke was detected flight attendants walked up and down the aisle looking for the source, and soon afterward, the pilot announced they'd be making an emergency landing.

    "By the time we did land there was a good cloud of smoke in the cabin," Mitrovich said.

    He said the situation was "kind of scary" but no passengers panicked.


    "It was definitely a little bit of a thrill," said Mitrovich.

    The aircraft was met by emergency crews when it landed.

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