Boise: Plane passengers spot fuel vapor, pop emergency door

Jun 13, 2015 2:11 PM by News Staff

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Boise Airport spokesman says some passengers on an Allegiant Air flight from Los Angeles decided to pop an emergency door and evacuate after vapor from a small fuel leak made them concerned about the possibility of fire.

The Idaho Statesman reports that airport spokesman Sean Briggs says the MD-80 had taxied to the gate area about 7 p.m. Friday when fuel leaked from an auxiliary motor. He says the fuel looked like vapor and some passengers thought it looked like smoke. So they popped an emergency door and climbed onto a wing.

Briggs says a few passengers jumped from the wing to the tarmac but no one was hurt.

He says the passengers apparently acted on their own, without being directed by the flight crew. He did not know how many were aboard the plane.

The spokesman says the small leak was quickly cleaned up. Briggs says the plane is grounded while officials investigate.

An Associated Press email seeking airline comment was not immediately returned.

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