Delta: Dripping fluid to blame for smoke on Detroit-to-Denver flight

Another terrifying moment for airline passengers when a Delta flight in Denver reported smoke in its cabin, forcing an evacuation. Nathan Rousseau Smith has the images. Buzz60

(Photo: Rachel Naftel via Associated Press)

Delta Air Lines says fluid dripping onto a power unit created the smoke that forced passengers to evacuate a plane after it landed at Denver’s airport.

After flight 1854 from Detroit landed normally Tuesday night, passengers reported that smoke filled the cabin as the MD-90 aircraft was taxiing to the gate. Delta says the plane stopped and its 146 passengers used the plane’s slides and over-wing exits to escape the cabin.

Airline spokeswoman Lisa Hellerstedt said Wednesday that a small amount of hydraulic fluid dripped onto a hot power unit, creating the smoke that was blown into the cabin.

Investigators did not find any evidence of a fire on the plane.

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Passengers wait at Denver International Airport after a Delta flight from Detroit was reportedly evacuated.

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