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American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK makes emergency landing after a 'sudden burst of smoke' on board

Business Insider logo Business Insider 1/3/2019 Bill Bostock
a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky © Fasttailwind/Shutterstock An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday night.
  • Flight AA10 was flying from Los Angeles International Airport to John F. Kennedy in New York, but diverted to Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport.
  • The Airbus A321 landed after one hour and 36 minutes of the five and a half hour cross country flight.
  • Passenger Terron Austin tweeted: "Sudden burst of smoke followed by an announcement to immediately prepare for landing."
  • American Airlines have said they are working on getting another aircraft for passengers.

An American Airlines flight was forced into making an emergency landing on Wednesday, after what a passenger described as a "sudden burst of smoke" on board.

American Airlines confirmed the diversion on Twitter, responding to passenger Terron Austin who tweeted his flight from Los Angeles to New York had been diverted to Phoenix.

Austin said there had been a "sudden burst of smoke followed by an announcement to immediately prepare for landing."

American Airlines have not yet confirmed the reports of smoke inside the plane. Business Insider has contacted the airline for comment.

Flight AA10 took off from Los Angeles International (LAX) at 9:10 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday night, heading for John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, where it was scheduled to land at 8:17 a.m. local time.

But the Airbus A321 was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after one hour and 36 minutes in the air, 372 miles east of LAX, according to the Flightradar24 tracking website.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a tarmac at an airport © AP

Tom Podolec, an aviation photojournalist with Canada's CTV network tweeted: "Declared emergency for smoke in the cabin. 97 people on board. Landed and inspected by ARFF [Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting.] No injuries. Taxied to gate."

Austin's full tweet on Wednesday night said: "So...we're having an emergency landing in #Phoenix on my 9PM PST flight from #LA to #NYC." 

"Sudden burst of smoke followed by an announcement to immediately prepare for landing. We weren't even two hours in the air yet."

He then tweeted: "Nearly an hour later, both food & hotel vouchers secured for tonight's stay here in #Phoenix via one of only five staff members scrambling to assist all passengers on grounded/delayed @AmericanAir flight 10 from #LA to #NYC."

In a tweet to Austin from its official account, American Airlines said: "We're working on getting another aircraft now."

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