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'I didn't want to die on a plane': Passenger talks about flight

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Gibril Mansaray, a passenger on the flight to Cedar Rapids that had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa. Gibril Mansaray, a passenger on the flight to Cedar Rapids that had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa.
Gibril Mansaray, a passenger on the flight to Cedar Rapids that had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa. Gibril Mansaray, a passenger on the flight to Cedar Rapids that had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa.
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TULSA (KWWL) - A flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Cedar Rapids had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa Monday night -- and at least one passenger told KWWL he was scared for his life.

The Envoy flight was supposed to land in Cedar Rapids Monday night, but had to make an emergency landing in Tulsa after there was a report of fumes in the cockpit.

There were 63 passengers and four crew members on the Envoy plane, which is part of American Airlines. No one was hurt.

American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the airline is still trying to determine the cause of the fumes.

KWWL spoke with one passenger, Gibril Sorie Mansaray, who says the emergency landing "was one of the scariest experiences of his life."

"You could hear the trembling in the flight crew's voices and you could see the fear in their faces. Once we saw the Hazmat personnel and the fire crews, everyone realized how bad it could have been," said Mansaray.

"I didn't want to die on a plane," Mansaray said. "I'm engaged. I have a lot of living left to do."

An American Airlines flight was scheduled to take off from the Tulsa International Airport at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and arrive in Cedar Rapids at 11 a.m.

Mansaray tells us the 9:30 a.m. flight can only seat 50 people. The original flight carried 67 people, including staff, so people have to wait for another flight. He is currently waiting for a connected flight to Chicago and then to Iowa. He says he just wants to get back home.

Lauren Moss contributed to this report.

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An American Airlines plane headed from Dallas-Fort Worth to Cedar Rapids made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport after the pilots reported fumes in the cockpit, according to television station KTUL.

Envoy Flight #3235 left Dallas-Fort Worth International at 5:27 p.m. Monday and landed 45 minutes later, at 6:12 p.m., at Tulsa International, according to flight tracking software Flight Aware.

The flight was originally supposed to leave at 2:35 p.m. Monday and arrive at 4:24 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, according to Flight Aware. It was unclear why the flight was originally delayed.

Airport officials say 67 people were on board including the crew, according to KTUL. They were evacuated from the plane and bussed to the terminal.
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