Small jet makes emergency landing in Iowa; all on board safe

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Mason City, Iowa (AP) – A regional airline jet on its way from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Chicago has made an emergency landing in northern Iowa because of a report of smoke inside it.

The American Eagle jet made an unplanned stop at the Mason City Municipal Airport around 1 p.m. Tuesday. A statement from American Airlines, which operates American Eagle, says 45 passengers and three crew members left the plane safely following the landing.

Mason City Fire Chief Doug Janssen says the emergency call from the plane reported smoke in the cockpit.

Another plane was being sent to pick up passenger to take them on to Chicago.

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