Delta evacuates jet in Atlanta due to cabin smoke

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 10:34 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Passengers were evacuated from a domestic Delta Air Lines flight Tuesday after a "smoky odor" was detected in the cockpit and main cabin due to what was later determined to be a burned-out fan.

The pilots detected the smoke while still on the taxiway prior to takeoff and returned the MD-90 to the gate "in an abundance of caution," said Delta Air Lines spokeswoman Jennifer Martin. The 126 passengers on board were relocated to a new aircraft for the flight from Atlanta to New Orleans, Martin said.

No injuries were reported, said Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward.

According to Delta's website, Flight 1305, initially scheduled to depart at 5:51 p.m., took off at 9:23 p.m.

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