Smoke fills cabin of plane headed to St. Louis from Chicago

9:52 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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CHICAGO (KSDK) - An American Airlines jet headed to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport from O'Hare in Chicago made an emergency landing Thursday night.

Ann Weidner, a spokesperson for American Airlines says Flight 1159 left Chicago O'Hare at 7:33 p.m. for St. Louis.  It was an MD-80 wtih 120 passengers and five crew members on beard.

Smoke was detected in the cabin, and they made an emergency landing at O'Hare at 7:48 p.m.  The plane landed safely without incident.

Passengers switched planes, and they departed O'Hare at 9:40 p.m.

Weidner would not say what the cause of the smoke was, but WMAQ-TV says a camcorder battery shorted out in an overhead compartment and caused the smoke.


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