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Smoke diverts NYC-to-Montreal flight to Albany


ALBANY, N.Y. – The American Eagle plane flying from New York's La Guardia airport to Montreal had 36 passengers and three crew members on board when smoked filled the inside of the plane, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing in Albany.

"Everybody noticed it [the smoke]," said American Eagle flight 3364 passenger BT Corwin.

Corwin says passengers began asking each other what they should do.

"We were all trying to figure out if we should be worried or did it seem like it was going to delay our plans but not be life threatening," Corwin said. 

That's when she says they felt a jolt as the pilot took control of the airplane and began to descend. The pilot then came over the intercom.

"That we would be diverting to Albany, that technically it was an emergency Landing," Corwin said.

The entire scene played out live over Twitter as one passenger tweeted updates. 

Rob Perelman woke when the plane was jolted by the pilot and started tweeting pictures and updates.  

"I figured we might as well get some pictures and some tweets," Perelman said. "Just in case the worst happens, I want everyone to know what happened."

"Currently emergency landing in Albany," was his first tweet.

"American Airlines and US Airways already followed me and are trying to interact through this," Perelman said.

He then began tweeting updates to the airlines and the public about the planes progress.

"Leaving our belongings on the plane and departing," was one of his tweets.

Even telling American Airlines at one point, "pretty sure I have information quicker than you right now. Can I help you with any information," he tweeted.

"They were finding out information from me I think before they knew what was going on from behind the scenes," Perelman said.

Back and forth they tweeted until everyone was safely off the plane. Which yes, he tweeted too.

"Deplaned, no stairs, no slides. Firefighters helped us jump down," he tweeted.

"I was lifted by my shoulders from a fireman to get back on the ground," said Perelman.

Only the first few people had to be hoisted down. The rest used a ladder brought in by the firefighters to reach the ground. 

"We never felt like we didn't know what was going on, should we be worried or anything like that," Corwin said.

American Airlines says the cause of the smoke is under investigation, and that none of the 39 people on board including the crew were injured.

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