Airplane fills with smoke after landing at GJ airport
Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday a plane landing at the Grand Junction Regional Airport reported smoke filling the cockpit.
The Allegiant Air flight number 14 had 114 people on board including the crew.
It was coming from Las Vegas and scheduled to head back after but was delayed due to the investigation of what caused the smoke.
Nine minutes after the landing the plane reported smoke was filling the cockpit and leaking into the main cabin.
At that point, the airport declared it as an emergency and both Grand Junction Fire and the airport's fire departments responded.
Everyone was taken off the flight as normal and was reported okay.
"Safety is always the priority at the airport and so we have our own fire department who responds to aircraft incidents and that's exactly what took place today. So, safety is the priority,” said Angela Padalecki, Executive Director for the Grand Junction Regional Airport.
The flight was delayed for several hours. Allegiant Air said in a statement “After Allegiant flight 14 landed at GJT this morning, the captain noticed a light haze in the cockpit. The plane taxied to the gate, where passengers deplaned per normal procedures. Out of an abundance of caution, the captain asked the airport fire department to inspect the plane. Nothing notable was found. We are still in the process of evaluating the cause, which could be environmental.”
After an investigation, Allegiant says they found no mechanical issues with the aircraft. The cause of the smoke was determined to be sand utilized by the airport to mitigate icing conditions on the runway, which was ingested into the aircraft upon landing, according to Allegiant.