UPDATE: Plane makes emergency landing at SB airport

 Photo from Kathy Smith
Photo from Kathy Smith (WNDU)
Published: May. 25, 2018 at 6:54 PM EDT
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A plane was required to make an emergency landing at South Bend International Airport Friday evening.

The landing came after a halon bottle either began leaking or exploded, according to dispatch. Halon is used to suppress flames.

The plan made its emergency landing at about 6:30 p.m.

NewsCenter 16 has learned that the plane took off from South Bend and was headed to Atlanta before having to turn back and make the emergency landing.

Passengers told NewsCenter 16 they were just glad the situation was not worse.

"Well, my girlfriend was pretty nervous," passenger Nick Coleman said. "She was scared a little bit. Me, I was just more impatient. I was ready to get there and get hotel, car."

"Everybody, we were all chill," passenger Marc Harris said. "It's kind of an inconvenience, but still, if something happens somewhere, they've got redundancies and one of those goes wrong, I'd rather him turn around and come back than keep going."

It has been revealed that the affected flight was SkyWest Flight 4647, which was operating as a Delta connection between South Bend and Atlanta.

It "returned to South Bend shortly after takeoff due to a mechanical indication," according to a release from SkyWest Airlines. "The flight landed safely without incident. All passengers deplaned normally at the gate and were accommodated on another aircraft to Atlanta."

We have learned that the plane landed safely, and no one was injured in the incident.

After the landing and a delay, the passengers took another plane to Atlanta, where they landed at 9:53 p.m. -- or about three hours late.