US Airways flight evacuated at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

PHOENIX - Crews evacuated a US Airways Express plane at Sky Harbor Airport after smoke was reported on board, passengers tell us.

KOAT reporter Matt Howerton said he and other passengers were taken off the plane and stranded on the tarmac after Sky West Flight 2948 from Albuquerque landed in Phoenix Tuesday afternoon.

Cameras in the area showed a fire truck and several police vehicles on the tarmac as passengers were being escorted from the area around 3:35 p.m.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the flight landed as scheduled and passengers smelled smoke as the plane was headed towards the gate.

SkyWest said the air conditioning unit overheated shortly before landing.

Joceylyn Comstoch saw the smoke and says an alarm started going off.

"I smelled something, like it was burning, it had a rubber smell," Comstoch said.

Howerton said the incident was nerve-racking.

"One thing that was going through my mind is, 'what could this be?' This has never happened to me, I was kind of afraid for the most part," said Howerton.

Authorities said the 64 passengers were evacuated as a precaution and they were taken by bus from the tarmac to a terminal to catch connecting flights.

The airline waved re-booking fees and no one was hurt.


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