Passengers report pilots wearing masks after strong smell in cockpit forces emergency landing

ST. LOUIS, MO - A flight coming from Detroit to St. Louis was diverted to Indianapolis Monday afternoon around 4:30 pm CT. The pilot of the Airbus 319 reported a strong odor in the cockpit.

Delta flight 2848 was carrying 116 passengers and landed safely in Indianapolis. Delta issued this statement after an inquiry by FOX 2: “Maintenance personnel are evaluating the aircraft. While safety is always our top priority, Delta apologizes to customers for this travel delay.”

The flight then headed to St. Louis Monday evening and landed around 8:37 pm.

Some passengers told FOX 2 that emergency crews were seen from the air, waiting on the ground to assist. Other passengers said that no one in the cabin noticed the smell.

“We found out that the pilots had actually had their oxygen masks on which was interesting because no one in the cabin did,” said Scotty Shaw, “but we were there for a while.”

“I wasn’t really panicked but I was concerned,” said Ronald Charles, “because they really kept us abreast of the situation.”

Airline officials have not released any information on what may have caused the odor.