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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Waterloo

(KCRG)
Published: Feb. 18, 2016 at 4:59 PM CST
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A plane flying from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Chicago had to make an emergency landing at the Waterloo airport Thursday after the crew noticed a problem while the plane was over Mason City.

An American Airlines/Envoy flight carrying 26 passengers and three crew members landed safely around 1:15 p.m. Waterloo firefighters examined the aircraft.

Waterloo Airport Director Keith Kaspari told KCRG-TV9 the crew noticed an odor in the cockpit and passengers then smelled it in the cabin. Leslie Scott with American Airlines said she couldn't describe the odor.

Authorities have not said what caused the problem, but it remains at the Waterloo airport.

A backup aircraft flew in around 3 p.m. to take passengers on to Chicago. That flight left around 4:30 p.m.