‘Leave your bags, come over here!’ United passengers rushed off plane due to small fire under plane after landing in Denver

Two United Airlines planes on the runway.Matheus Obst/Shutterstock

  • A United Airlines flight had to quickly disembark after reports of smoke and a small fire on Tuesday.

  • A United spokesperson told Insider the smoke indicated the plane’s brakes may have overheated.

  • No one was injured in the incident, according to Denver Airport.

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight on Tuesday had to exit the plane amid reports of smoke and a small fire under the landing plane.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, a United flight from Kansas City, Missouri to Denver, Colorado landed safely at Denver International Airport, according to an airport statement shared with Insider.

Upon landing, however, there were reports of smoke and fire under the plane, the statement said, prompting the flight crew to rush passengers out of the plane.

A United spokesperson told Insider the smoke indicated the plane’s brakes may have overheated. One hundred and fifty-seven passengers were on board, along with four crew members, the airline said.

Passenger Adrian Hartwell shared video of the chaotic scene on Twitter this week.

“Leave your bags! Leave your bags! Come here, come here!” a flight crew member can be heard speaking over the loudspeaker as passengers rush for the exit.

Hartwell told CNN the pilot came over the intercom as the plane landed, telling everyone to get off the plane. Flight attendants managed to get everyone off the plane in about a minute and a half, Hartwell said.

“I was a little freaked out but I was also happy that we were on the pitch already,” he told the outlet.

Denver Airport and United both said some passengers were able to disembark normally on the jet deck while others exited the rear, where the plane’s slides were deployed.

No one was injured in the incident, according to the airport.

The Denver Fire Department said tuesday that he answered the door and quickly extinguished the small fire.

The incident comes as the entire airline industry faces increasing challenges following a surge in post-lockdown air travel.

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