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April 25, 2014
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is expected back in Miami Friday after he was on a plane that had to make an emergency landing Thursday night.
In addition, to Carvalho, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart was on the plane.
CBS4 News spoke to Carvalho late Thursday night. He said there was an explosion and the pilots had to descend 10-thousand feet in just one minute.
Carvalho also tweeted that American Airlines flight 3454 left Tallahassee headed to Miami, but was forced to land in Tampa after a loud explosion and smoke on the plane.
AA3454 Landed in Tampa after lengthy maintenance delay in Tally and explosion and smoke forced a tense aggressive emergency landing. Safe.— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) April 25, 2014
The plane landed normally at 9:30 p.m., said American Airlines spokeswoman Laura Masvidal. Masvidal said there was a smell of smoke, but she was not aware of an explosion.
Once everyone was safely off the plane, Carvalho posed for a selfie with Congressman Diaz-Balart and his wife Tia, along with a few others who were on the flight.
It was a moment of relief after the tense emergency landing.
Carvalho said he and a 19-year-old South Florida student who was next to him on the plane, helped each other through the ordeal.
“Her father happens to be a pilot for American Airlines so she knows a little something about flying and she told me this is not good and she thought that this was the end,. I hugged her, I held her hand and in the end everything turned out ok,” said Carvalho.
During the landing, they braced for impact by putting their heads between their legs. He said he knew they were safe once firefighters rushed onto the plane.
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart also sent out a tweet Thursday night and thanked the flight crew and first responders.
The flight had 46 passengers and 3 crew members.
Nobody was hurt.