An adjunct professor at Georgetown University took a picture of himself and the man sitting beside him wearing oxygen masks as the cabin on their Mesa Airlines flight filled with smoke on Wednesday.
Despite his calm demeanor, Prof. Shashi Bellamkonda said he was nervous when his flight from Washington D.C. to Boston made an emergency landing at a Delaware airport. He says he took the selfie “to leave behind for loved ones.”
"Flight 3759 a selfie we never ever want to repeat," he tweeted with the image.
“It was supposed to be a routine, 40 minute flight,” Bellamkonda told CBS Boston. “Suddenly midway through the flight, the oxygen masks dropped down. No one was grabbing the masks or screaming. The cabin crew made an announcement to use the masks.”
The Embraer 170 had sixty-one passengers and four crew on board.
Authorities say the smoke was coming from an onboard oxygen generator on the plane.
“At approximately 9:50 a.m. EST, Mesa Airlines, flight 3759, a Canadian Regional Jet, diverted to the New Castle Airport, Wilmington, DE after the pilot reported smoke in the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely. The flight originated at Washington-Dulles International Airport and was enroute to Boston Logan International Airport,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
"When you come into the Wilmington airport, you pass over a lot of water, all of us were just hoping we wouldn’t be making a water landing," Bellemkonda said.
There were no injuries.
Around 2 p.m. Wednesday United Airlines brought another plane to take the passengers to Boston.