Though flying on passenger jets is actually a quite safe mode of transportation, there is always a chance of some sort of emergency could occur that would lead to a plane crash.
According to KNXV, that rare possibility was recently experienced first-hand by passengers on board a Mesa Airlines jet, a regional carrier operating under American Airlines.
The flight from Phoenix was preparing to make its descent into Dallas when it was noticed that smoke was emanating from the cockpit and the crew began to make preparations for a rough emergency landing.
Passenger Steve Ramsthel, a Scottsdale resident who is also a certified pilot himself, pulled out his cellphone and recorded the tense moments prior to landing as the passengers were instructed to “brace for landing.”
According to Fox News, a flight attendant could be heard explaining how the passengers should brace themselves for a potential impact and urged them “to remain in that position until the aircraft comes to a complete stop.”
The attendant also warned that in the event of “heavy smoke” and an immediate evacuation from the plane, passengers should “bend over, cover your nose and mouth, and stay low to the ground as you evacuate.”
As the jet was about to touch down, attendants throughout the aircraft could be heard repeatedly yelling for passengers to “brace!” and “keep your heads down!”
Thankfully for all involved, the plane landed safely and everyone was able to exit the craft unharmed, if perhaps a bit shaken.
As it turned out, the smoke seen coming from the cockpit was actually the result of a broken fan, a problem that was quickly fixed so the aircraft could be placed back in service.
“It wasn’t overwhelming, but you could smell the smoke,” Ramsthel told KNXV.
He added that the flight’s captain and crew all handled themselves quite professionally and that passengers remained calm throughout the incident.
“There were some people crossing themselves, but I thought the adrenaline was high and everybody just cooperated,” Ramsthel stated. “It was pretty amazing to be honest with you.”
No airline passenger wants to find out that there are issues with the plane they are flying in, particularly in mid-flight, and they certainly don’t want to hear flight attendants warning them to brace for impact.
Luckily, the problem on this flight was not a catastrophic one, and though the experience was quite scary for some, everyone walked away with a story to tell and this video to share.
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