Smokes Fills Cabin In Jet, Forcing Landing At Nashville Airport

Nashville (AP) -- Nashville airport officials say smoke filled the cabin of a regional jet Monday night, forcing an emergency landing 30 minutes after takeoff from Nashville International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Lynne Lowrance said American Eagle Flight 5383, a two-engine, 50-seat jet carrying 13 passengers and crew, was headed to Saint Louis when the left engine started to burn oil.

The smoke was probably sucked inside the plane's cabin through an air intake.

Lowrance said the 10 passengers and three crew members landed safely and were and taken by bus to the main terminal.

The pilot and co-pilot were taken to a local hospital for symptoms of smoke inhalation, Lowrance told the Tennessean. One passenger also complained of not feeling well after the flight.

Plans were being made Monday night by airport officials to get the remaining passengers to Saint Louis on another flight.

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