A flight from San Francisco, California, to Denver, Colorado, took off through eerie orange clouds as wildfires burned in the Bay Area on September 9.
Christina Beckmann recorded this video and uploaded it to Twitter with a caption that praised the captain and flight attendants for cheering her up, and keeping her safe during the “ominous situation.”
The footage shows the plane lifting off from San Francisco International Airport through thick orange haze. Beckmann told Storyful during takeoff she could smell the smoke from the multiple wildfires raging in the area.
“As we were climbing to 10,000 feet, the cabin was immediately filled with the scent of smoke for at least two minutes,” Beckmann said.
She told Storyful she noticed a passenger across from her with “tear-filled, fearful eyes,” and because of the mask mandate the only thing she could do to attempt to show comfort was to give a thumbs-up and an “everything is going to be all right” gesture, Beckmann said.
“We as passengers all showed concern and awe as we gazed outside our windows,” she said. “It wasn’t just about the flight. It was about feeling empathy and grief for every family that has lost, and continue to lose, everything.”
The total area affected by fires in California grew to three million acres by September 10, with at least 12 deaths reported.
Dozens of wildfires continue to burn statewide, according to Cal Fire. Credit: Christina Beckmann via Storyful