An old MD88 plane carrying 89 passengers from Fort Lauderdale to New York (LGA) filled with smoke on Thursday. The plane had to divert due to smoke filling the cabin.
The MD88 diverted to Charleston a little over 1 hour after departure. Fabio, one of the passengers, reported that they landed and all passengers were safe. Fabio even has a short 3 second video of the smoke in the cabin.
It will be interesting to read the report on what caused the smoke to fill the cabin. I’ve only been on one flight when smoke filled the cabin. Thankfully it was when the engines started and we were still on the ground. That was with US Airways. This flight was with Delta, and an old plane with Delta at that. I can’t imagine being in the air and smoke filling the cabin.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer the 737 over this plane. I know they are the work horse of Delta since Delta is the largest operator of the planes, and Delta was the first to take delivery, but I’d prefer to fly a 737 or anyday over this bird.