UPDATE 4:50 P.M.: Passengers on the plane said they were not informed of what was happening when they were escorted off of the aircraft.

Delaiah Pittman, who was on the plane stated, “She smelled smoke, but right when she smelled smoke we were evacuated off the plane and everything, and I was really scared, not going to lie. We saw a whole bunch of fire trucks and everything and we didn’t know what was going on.”

All of the passengers made it to Philadelphia safely.

UPDATE 9:59 A.M.: The plane has been removed from the runway.

ORIGINAL STORY:
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A flight preparing to depart Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport for Philadelphia stopped on runway 6-24 after reporting smoke in the cockpit, according to airport spokesman Bradley Boettcher.

American Eagle flight 4873 was evacuated and passengers were taken to the terminal.

Runway 6-24 is currently closed until the plane is removed. Boettcher said Runway 16-34 is still open.

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