Peoria to Dallas flight forced to make emergency landing

By WEEK Producer

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- An American Eagle flight from Dallas to Peoria was forced to make an emergency landing after smoke was reported in the aircraft.

Passengers said the plane was in the air for approximately 15 minutes when the cabin filled with smoke.

The pilot was able to turn the plane around and safely land back in Peoria.

One passenger, Jonathan Russell of Washington, said the crew handled the situation well.

"I was sitting towards the front of the plane, I was sitting there reading a book when all of the sudden I heard kind of a loud pop," Russell said. "I heard someone scream and I turned around and it looked like something like smoke was filling up the cabin of the plane but I was actually very impressed, I mean the crew did a great job keeping everyone calm, and giving us updates as far as what they knew was going on. Obviously people were concerned, but I think everyone was pretty orderly when we got off the plane and everything."

A total of 50 people were on board. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the malfunction remains under investigation.

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