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Delta flight aborts takeoff after smoky haze in cabin

You'll love the way we fill our cabin with smoky fumes.

You'll love the way we fill our cabin with smoky fumes.

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.

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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.