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Smoke Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing at Eastern Iowa Airport

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CEDAR RAPIDS - An unexpected delay and an unexpected landing kept seven passengers in Cedar Rapids for hours longer than anticpated.

American Airlights Flight 5011 took off close to its scheduled departure time of 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday but quickly circled back to the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. Airport security said an indicator within the aircraft showed smoke in the cargo area and crew members reported smelling smoke.

Fire crews and emergency responders parked along one of the airport's runways after the airplane landed. Security said response crews towed the aircraft back to Landmark Airlines for repair.

A ticketing search of American Airlines Flight 5011 shows this flight is operated by Chautauqua Airlines, a regional carrier and, on Wednesday nights, has a 6:25 p.m. scheduled departure time. Chautauqua regional jets for the Cedar Rapids-to-Chicago flight include the the ERJ-140, a 44-seat aircraft.

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