An American Airlines flight from Dallas to Evansville Regional Airport had to be diverted Saturday afternoon because of smoke in the cabin.
American Flight 32-55 from Dallas to Evansville was diverted to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR. The flight departed Dallas at noon was set to arrive in Evansville around 2 p.m.
There were more than 45 passengers on board. AA said there was a smoky odor in the cabin.
Kevin Kenny of Evansville was a passenger on board the plane; he praised the American Airlines crew for remaining calm –
“It was a little bit unnerving. We thought we were actually getting ready to make the descent into the Evansville airport and they said Little Rock. I thought he was confused or something or said the wrong words. Then, all of the sudden, the cabin stewardess calmly indicated there was smoke detected in the cabin.”
American Airlines officials tell us the plane has been taken out of service, and they are helping passengers find other flights to get to their destination.
Kenny says some of the passengers have opted to drive to Evansville. He says he’s going to be taking a flight tomorrow morning back to Evansville.