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United Flight Makes Emergency Landing At Detroit Metro Airport

June 26, 2018 - 1:23 pm

ROMULUS (WWJ/AP) - A flight from Chicago to South Carolina landed safely Tuesday morning after being diverted to Detroit Metro Airport due to a maintenance issue.  

A spokesperson for ExpressJet Airlines, which operates flights under the United Express name, said there were 50 passengers, two pilots and one flight attendant aboard ExpressJet flight 4007.  

Airport spokeswoman Erica Donerson told The Detroit News in an email that there was an odor of smoke in the cabin. However, she said, it eventually dissipated and the diversion and landing in Romulus, just after 9:35 a.m., were "safe and uneventful."

It's unclear at this time what may have caused the reported smoke. The aircraft was turned over to maintenance workers for inspection. 

There were no injuries reported. 

A new flight on a new plane to transport passengers, to their final destination -- the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greenville, South Carolina -- is expected to take off from Metro Airport at around 1:50 p.m. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.