Mesa Airlines CRJ9 returns to Birmingham (AL) with smoke in cabin (24 Oct 2017)

A Mesa Airlines Canadair CRJ-900 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N932LR performing flight YV-5723/AA-5723 from Birmingham,AL to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 79 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing out of Birmingham’s runway 24 when the crew reported they needed to return immediately due to smoke in the cabin. The aircraft stopped the climb at 7000 feet and was positioning for the approach to runway 24, when the crew updated flight attendants had just reported there was a bag emitting the smoke, they didn’t really know what it was, they needed to evacuate after landing. The aircraft landed safely on runway 24 about 15 minutes after departure, after landing the crew decided they were able to taxi to the apron and taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 4:20 hours, then departed again and reached Dallas with a delay of 4.5 hours.

Have a listen to this recording and note the standard of communications used.  Also note that airport authorities allowed aircraft movements to continue while passengers were on the tarmac.  Do you agree that this is standard practice or not?

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