Smoke found on plane at Philly International

    Over 150 people were evacuated after smoke was discovered on a plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday.

    Officials say Delta Flight 987 was scheduled to depart for Salt Lake City Saturday morning when smoke was found inside the cockpit shortly before takeoff.

    “Flight 987, a Boeing 737-800 departing from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City with 150 passengers on board, returned to the gate shortly after pushback when the Captain experienced a smoky odor in the vicinity of the cockpit,” said Delta Air Lines spokesman Paul Skrbec. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Captain elected return to the gate and advised emergency ground personnel.”

    The plane returned to the gate and the 159 passengers and crew were evacuated and evaluated. No injuries were reported. Officials say the smoke dissipated but they have not yet revealed the cause.

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    “All passengers onboard deplaned without incident and will be accommodated on the next available flight scheduled in the day today,” Skrbec said. “The aircraft is currently in maintenance. We apologize to the passengers for the inconvenience.” 

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