Smoke in Cabin Causes Evacuation at Washington National

Smoke in the cabin of a United Airlines Flight 6122 caused the evacuation of a flight earlier today, Sunday, July 1, 2018. The aircraft, a Mesa Airlines flight operating under the United Express brand, was taxiing for departure when smoke was reported in the cabin. Emergency exits were deployed and passengers came down the slides onto the tarmac. It is reported that all passengers safely evacuated the plane. The cause of the smoke was not reported yet.

“At approximately 1 p.m. today, United flight 6122 (ERJ-170) was taxiing for departure from Reagan National Airport en route to Houston when smoke in the cabin was reported and Airports Authority emergency personnel responded to the aircraft. All Passengers and crew evacuated via slides without incident and returned to the United gate. Normal airport operations have resumed, and the aircraft is being checked by airline personnel,” a statement released by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said. “We are currently investigating the cause and are working with our team to secure alternate flights for customers onboard,” a United spokesperson said.