American Flight Turns Around After Smoky Odor Fills Cabin

By: AP
By: AP

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An American Airlines flight leaving
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport turned around and made an
emergency landing after a smoky odor filled the cabin.
An American spokesman says the plane was headed to Fort
Lauderdale when it took off yesterday evening at about 5:15 p.m. It
returned to DFW Airport about 10 minutes later.
The flight had 129 passengers aboard. Nobody was hurt.
The MD-80 is being inspected. The airline official says
mechanics believe oil leaked onto the plane's auxiliary power unit,
causing the smoky odor to enter the plane's ventilation system.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline says the problem is not
related to inspections of wiring bundles on MD-80 jets that led the
company to cancel hundreds of flights last week. Those planes have
since been cleared to fly.
It was the second time in the last few days an American flight
had to land after a smoky smell filled the cabin. A Chicago-bound
American flight made an emergency landing Friday in West Palm
Beach, Florida.
Information from The Dallas Morning News:

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