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Emergency landing for L.A.-bound plane

June 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Waterloo, Iowa, after crew members smelled smoke in the cabin. The plane landed safely and no one was injured.Flight 335 left from Detroit Tuesday morning with 182 passengers and eight crew members on board. About an hour into the flight, the crew reported a "smoky odor" and the pilot diverted to Waterloo, 90 miles northeast of Des Moines. As of late Tuesday, it was still not clear what had caused the odor.

The plane was to remain in Waterloo, until Northwest mechanics could arrive from the Minnesota headquarters to inspect the aircraft. Northwest arranged for an extra flight out of Waterloo to pick up the stranded passengers. That plane was expected to depart late Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, some passengers passed the time by visiting a nearby casino.

"The casino here had a couple 20-seat vans," Waterloo Regional Airport Director Brad Hagen told the Associated Press, "They were able to take some people down to spend their time at the casino. They'll be back obviously before the flight."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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