For the 56 passengers who boarded flybe BE282 at Birmingham International Airport yesterday morning, it turned out to be anything but the routine domestic flight they might have expected.
It left Birmingham at 8.09am. Less than 40 minutes later, it was touching down at Leeds Bradford International Airport in an emergency landing after smoke started to billow from an engine and into the cabin.
All the passengers disembarked safely from the aircraft which landed at 8.47am.
Recalling their frightening drama, passenger Brian Goldthorpe said a mood of panic descended as the cabin filled with smoke.
He said there was a "degree of apprehension" after this week's crash of an Air France jet in Canada.
He said: "Everybody was sitting back, enjoying the flight. Suddenly a smoke detector bleeping was heard and a blue haze was at the front of the cabin.
"An element of panic set in on the aircraft.
"We then heard a message that the pilot was effecting an emergency landing and we should familiarise ourselves with the brace positions."
"The plane came down, to an almighty crunch on the runway.
"We were just hoping that he could get the plane down and get us evacuated before something catastrophic happened.
"The pilot was quite shocked when he was off the plane on the runway."
The passengers were not told by the pilot
where they would be landing and did not realise they were at Leeds until emergency workers arrived. Flybe later flew some passengers on to Edinburgh in a replacement plane.
The cause of the emergency on flight BE282 is being investigated.
Flybe sales and marketing director Mike Rutter said the emergency landing became necessary when thick smoke started billowing from one of the plane's engines.
He said: "This was caused by smoke, not a fire, from an engine.
" As a precaution, because of the thickness of the smoke, we diverted to Leeds Bradford. We landed within 12 minutes of the captain becoming aware of the problem.
"The cabin and flight deck crew donned smoke masks so they could continue to operate and we landed downwind at the airport.
"As a precaution, everybody was braced for an emergency landing. All of the passengers were evacuated. We didn't use the chutes on this occasion.
"There were no injuries as a result of the incident and all were evacuated without any problems. One elderly lady suffered a stressrelated incident since, and has been taken to hospital as a precaution."
Mr Rutter said the aircraft had been taken out of service and engineers would investigate the incident to try to understand what happened.
A Flybe spokeswoman said: "The safety of passengers is flybe's paramount concern and we will, of course, be launching an investigation."