Passengers Evacuated in Jackson After Cockpit Fills with Smoke

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Passengers had to be removed from a flight on the tarmac at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport Friday afternoon when the pilots reported the cockpit was filling with smoke. The incident happened on an Embraer ERJ-145 being operated by ExpressJet Airlines as flight 4003. ExpressJet is a United Airlines feeder service. ExpressJet spokesman told media via email that the plane “encountered a mechanical issue while leaving the gate.” Firefighters responded and cleared the plane of smoke. No one was injured in the incident.


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