American Airlines passengers brace for emergency landing
Scottsdale resident Steve Ramsthel recorded the incident on his phone.
"You will be given instructions on when to brace," said a flight attendant.
"Remain in that position until the aircraft comes to a complete stop." An airline spokesperson confirmed to ABC15 a fan issue prompted the emergency landing.
"It wasn't overwhelming, but you could smell the smoke," said Ramsthel.
Ramsthel, who is a certified pilot himself, said the captain and flight attendants handled the situation very professionally.
He said even his fellow passengers remained calm.