Smoke in cabin forces emergency landing of Boeing 737

Plane makes emergency landing at Mobile Regional Airport

Last night, a chartered Boeing 737 had to make an emergency landing at Mobile Regional Airport.  Fire officials say the plane landed  safely around 6 p.m..

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Danielle Bennett said the plane was carrying ICE agents to Miami when smoke started filling the cabin.

Mobile Fire officials said the passengers complained of eye irritation and some were having trouble breathing.  One man was taken to the hospital because of high blood pressure problems.  He was later released.  Bennett said about ten people were on board the plane, including the pilots and flight crew.

The 737 took off from Alexandria, Louisiana and was supposed to land in Miami.  After the emergency landing at Mobile Regional, everyone on board spent the night in Mobile and departed on another plane Saturday.

Meanwhile, investigators say the chartered plane remains at the airport and will be inspected to see what caused the problem.  Bennett added there were no detainees on board.

ICE is a shortened form for the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement under the United States Department of Homeland Security.

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