Plane forced to make an emergency landing in South Bend

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A Southwest plane traveling from Milwaukee to Baltimore made an emergency landing in South Bend Tuesday afternoon.

While in the air, passengers reported the smell of smoke inside the cabin during their flight.

The South Bend airport was the only nearby airport that could accommodate that size aircraft.

No one was hurt, and all passengers exited into the terminal safely. Though there appears to be no visible damage to the plane, mechanics are trying to find the source of the issue.

"Nobody saw the smoke,” said Tim O’Donnell, director of maintenance operations. “As a matter of fact, that's what the mechanics are looking at right now. There's some discussion about whether or not it was actually smoke or if there was something in the air handler units. Regardless, there was no damage to the aircraft, no fire that was found. So, mechanics are still going through all of their checks of the mechanical systems."

Southwest brought in an aircraft from another airport to fly the passengers to their scheduled destination.

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