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Passenger plane evacuated at Redding Municipal Airport

UPDATE:

According to the Redding Fire Department, a United SkyWest flight was taxiing on the runway, on its way to San Francisco when "a haze" started to fill the cabin, Tuesday night. Following safety protocol, the flight with 40 passengers on board was evacuated on the tarmac.

Passengers were then taken to the terminal, where they waited for a later flight.

Officials said there was no fire and the pilot believed the smoke was from an air conditioner malfunction.

Another plane was sent from San Francisco, carrying a mechanic to repair the plane. There are no reports of injuries.

According to an airport official, some passengers were able to book the next flight to San Francisco. SkyWest flight 5318 left Redding at 10:50 p.m. and arrived in San Francisco at 11:39 p.m.


ORIGINAL STORY:

A passenger airplane reportedly had to be evacuated at the Redding Municipal Airport Tuesday night.

Shascom dispatchers say at 7:44 p.m., they received a report of smoke in the cockpit of a passenger plane. Redding Fire is responding .

Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray said that a "passenger jet" was being evacuated on the runway.

We have a reporter headed to the scene. We will update this article as soon as we learn more.



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