There are a few things in life that are frightening for the majority of the population. One of those things is the fear of being attacked by a shark while in the ocean. Another is being on an airplane and having something go wrong with the aircraft. It’s pretty safe to say that most people get a bit alarmed when a plane goes through a bout of turbulence or when you are on an aircraft when a major storm hits. Being so high up in the sky by itself is enough to make some people fear for their lives. Not to mention the fact that you are putting your life in the hands of the pilot and flight attendants from the moment you board a plane.
If you’ve ever heard of a plane crashing, then there is a good chance that image passes through your mind when you are about to take off. It’s pretty scary stuff if you let yourself think about it.
Imagine being on a plane and seeing it slowly fill with smoke?
A few fearful passengers were filled with terror when they saw what appeared to be smoke inside the cabin while they were getting ready to take off from Irkutsk in south-central Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast region. When the passengers on board the Antonov An-24 plane shouted “we are on fire, we are on fire,” and asked the flight attendant about the mystery smoke, she responded calmly with the following…
“Do not worry, it will all pass in a moment. This is the jets starting, this is normal. There is no smell.”
The smoke, which was initially reported by the passengers sitting toward the back of the plane, can be seen slightly in the video below.
You can see the two worried passengers talking about the issue with the flight attendant, who reassures them that it is perfectly normal and this happens on old aircrafts.
But following the flight attendants confirmation that everything was fine, Angara Airlines later replaced the plane, which resulted in a three-hour delay. Because the passengers complained profusely, the plane that was scheduled to fly to the town of Irkutsk Oblast was replaced and they did end up arriving at their destination safely.
“Oil got into the AC system. This happens, those are old jets, but yet it is safe,” one airline crew member argued.
Shockingly enough, an accident on an An-24 that occurred in 2011 ended fatally and the aircraft was banned from scheduled flights within Russia. Angara Airlines is the leading airline flying out of Irkutsk and is a major player on the domestic Siberian market. The Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat passenger aircraft which was first flown in 1959. More than 100 are still in airline service.
While all turned out okay, several of the passengers claimed that they were traumatized by the incident.
One commenter shared a similar experience and ensured others that it was completely normal…
“Happened when I was flying home from the Med once. No smell means no smoke which means calm down.”