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Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Smoke Found In Cabin

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An American Eagle flight made an emergency landing Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. after smoke started to fill the cabin while the aircraft made its final approach.

Albany International Airport spokesperson Doug Myers told local CBS affiliate WRGB that the crew of American Eagle Flight 5446 notified Albany air traffic control that it was experiencing smoke in its cabin.

The aircraft was carrying 35 passengers and four crew members en route to Albany from Washington, D.C.

Airport emergency response teams and the fire department responded to the scene upon landing, and after a preliminary inspection, determined that the source of the smoke was a small light fixture in the back of the cabin. No fire was detected.

The aircraft landed only two minutes after calling the tower, and immediately stopped on the taxiway where passengers evacuated the aircraft. The airport was closed for 20 minutes until the aircraft was removed from the taxiway.

The aircraft was a Canadair CRJ-700, which can carry up 67 passengers, according to the Albany Times Union. It was operated by PSA Airlines, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group that operates a fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft.

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