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Plane turns back to Los Angeles after smoke odor

United Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport
United Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport
Photo by: Debra Schroeder / Traveling Well For Less

What began as a relaxing flight to Hawaii turned into a nightmare when the smell of smoke forced the plane to return to Los Angeles reported The New York Daily News on May 10, 2014.

The United Airlines Boeing 757 was enroute to Kona International Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii when smoke was detected in the cockpit and cabin.

United flight 1296 departed Los Angeles International Airport around 8:38 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, when a crew member detected smoke about an hour after the plane had departed Los Angeles. The crew member has not been identified.

Emergency procedures were immediately implemented. Passengers were instructed by the captain to put on oxygen masks and life jackets in the event of cabin depressurization and the need to evacuate the aircraft.

Several of the passengers became nervous. Their fears intensified after the captain told passengers that he might have to land the plane on Catalina Island.

"I think everybody thought we really weren't going to make it. That we were going into the ocean." a passenger told CBS2 News on May 10, 2014.

"It was definitely stressful. Particularly with the young children. My son was a trooper, but my daughter did not like the oxygen mask."

“It (the smoke) wasn’t that thick to where it was coming across the ceiling and dropping down. But it was just a light haze,” the passenger said. “It was never at any point so thick that you couldn’t see.”

The passenger stated that the smoke came from a back galley on the airplane.

As a precautionary measure, the Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched multiple fire trucks and ambulances to the airport.

Ian Gregor, spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration stated that the plane landed safely at 11:38 a.m. reported KITV.com.

United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobartstated that 150 passengers were on board the plane. None needed medical attention.

Passengers were placed on other flights to Hawaii and the Boeing 757 will be thoroughly inspected by United Airlines maintenance crews stated Hobart