News Plane incidents — 25 October 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An American Airlines flight was forced to return to Birmingham early Monday morning after the pilot reported smoke in the cabin.

American Eagle Flight 5723 was forced to turn around minutes after takeoff from Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Passengers tells the plane circled the airport a few times before landing.

The Dallas-bound flight’s 79 passengers were quickly evacuated onto the tarmac where Birmingham Fire-Rescue personnel were waiting.

No one was injured during the flight. “There was so much going on that happened so quickly that when we landed it was like ‘Get off the plane, get off the plane, get off the plane.

‘ She made it kind of sound urgent,” said Ashelynn Falkenburg Smith, who was beginning a vacation to California with her husband and daughter.

Smith’s family was re-booked on a later flight.

Many other passengers were left Monday morning struggling to make their scheduled connecting flights.

Regular flight operations at the airport were not interrupted by the emergency landing.

American Airlines has not said what it believes caused the smoke inside the plane’s cabin.

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