American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK makes emergency landing after a reported ‘sudden burst of smoke’ on board

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  • An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday night.
  • Flight AA10, from Los Angeles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona.
  • The Airbus A321 landed one hour and 36 minutes into the cross-country flight.
  • A passenger named Terron Austin tweeted that there was a “sudden burst of smoke followed by an announcement to immediately prepare for landing.”
  • American Airlines confirmed the unscheduled landing and said it was investigating reports of smoke.

An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday after what a passenger described as a “sudden burst of smoke” on board.

The passenger, Terron Austin, tweeted that the flight from Los Angeles to New York had been diverted to Phoenix, Arizona, and that there had been a “sudden burst of smoke followed by an announcement to immediately prepare for landing.”

In a response to Austin on Twitter and in a statement to Business Insider, American Airlines confirmed the diversion. It said in the statement that there was “an odor” on board and that staff members were investigating reports of smoke.

Flight AA10 took off from Los Angeles International Airport at 9:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday, headed for John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it was scheduled to land at 5:17 a.m. ET.

But the Airbus A321 was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after one hour and 36 minutes in the air, 372 miles east of LAX, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

Tom Podolec, an aviation photojournalist with Canada’s CTV network, tweeted of the flight: “Declared emergency for smoke in the cabin. 97 people on board. Landed and inspected by [Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting.] No injuries. Taxied to gate.”

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Austin’s full tweet on Wednesday night said: “So…we’re having an emergency landing in #Phoenix on my 9PM PST flight from #LA to #NYC. Sudden burst of smoke followed by an announcement to immediately prepare for landing. We weren’t even two hours in the air yet. Flight 10 on @AmericanAir.”

Austin later said: “Nearly an hour later, both food & hotel vouchers secured for tonight’s stay here in #Phoenix via one of only five staff members scrambling to assist all passengers on grounded/delayed @AmericanAir flight 10 from #LA to #NYC.”

In a response to Austin, American Airlines said, “We’re working on getting another aircraft now.”