Passengers evacuated, American Airlines jet requests emergency response at RIC

Published: Apr. 25, 2015 at 8:30 PM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 8:30 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A passenger's lithium battery sent smoke into the cabin of an American Airlines jet Saturday, moments after the regional aircraft landed at Richmond International Airport.

A flight attendant on board American Airlines flight 4010 immediately used the cabin's fire extinguisher, as pilots requested emergency response teams to meet the jet on the tarmac.

The flight departed Charlotte, N.C. at 11:04 a.m., and arrived in Richmond at 12:03 p.m.

As the plane touched down, a flight attendant reported smoke in the cabin, with the aircraft alerting air traffic control to the situation on the CRJ-200.

The regional jet is operated by US Airways Express – Air Wisconsin, with 45 people on board, including two pilots and one flight attendant.

After coming to a stop without further incident, passengers evacuated the plane on Taxiway B. Emergency response vehicles met the aircraft on the tarmac, with passengers bussed to the terminal.

The flight attendant pinpointed the source of the smoke to a passenger carry-on bag, with no injuries reported from the smoke.

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