Passengers arriving in Boise, Idaho, have been forced to evacuate onto the wing of their aircraft Friday evening when they smelled fuel and saw what looked like smoke in the cabin.
Allegiant Air flight 330 had arrived in Boise from Los Angeles about 7 p.m. regional time when a fuel spilled occurred though the plane was at the gate, mentioned Boise Airport spokesman Sean Briggs. The passengers saw vapor coming from the spill, which they believed was smoke, he stated.
Passenger Niki Hughes told ABC News in an e-mail that vapor was filling the plane and was so robust that people have been covering their noses with their garments.
“They did not make any announcements to the rest of the plane till they noticed that someone had opened the emergency exit,” she said. “The flight attendant produced it clear that she was frustrated at the truth that someone opened the door since they would not be in a position to leave on time now for their subsequent flight. Individuals had been visibly scared and confused and the employees on the plane just seemed annoyed.”
Jacquelyn Jones, who later flew from Boise to California, watched from the terminal as the passengers stood on the wing.
“The smell inside the waiting region was pretty powerful and burning my throat and nose,” she told ABC News in an e mail. “Passengers have been pretty upset.”
There were no injures, said Briggs. It’s unclear what triggered the spill.
Allegiant Air issued a statement, saying, “the safety of our passengers and workers is our number one particular priority … A review of the incident confirmed that at no time have been the passengers or crew members on board the plane in danger.”