Delta flight aborts takeoff after smoky haze in cabin

Delta Flight 4086 to Wichita was taxiing at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport yesterday with 43 people aboard when a smelly haze filled the cabin, setting off smoke detectors in the lavatory and causing pilots to abort the takeoff.

Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, says the incident was most likely  caused by de-icing fluid was vaporized by the warming engines and sucked into the cabin.

Passengers on the flight were immediately bused of the runway to a fire station, then back to the terminal where they transferred to another flight. No one was hurt.

The flight, operated by Pinnacle Airlines on a regional jet, was scheduled to depart at about 2:30 p.m.

"It ended up not being a big deal, but there was obviously no way for the crew to know that at the time," Hogan said.

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