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Update: Emergency flight landing in Waterloo due to smoke in cockpit

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Update: A passenger plane making an emergency landing at a local airport after crews say they saw smoke coming from the cockpit.

The American Airlines plane taking off from Sioux Falls, South Dakota earlier today heading to Chicago, but was forced to land at the Waterloo airport.
With a cabin full of what several called "fog like smoke," passengers say they quickly began to panic.

Sitting on the tarmac, there is nothing visibly wrong with this plane.
But ask the 26 passengers, they will tell you something was wrong even before take off.

"And then we heard an awful noise. So we are all like, I wonder what that was," said passenger Jodi Jacques.

Twenty minutes into the flight smoke filled the plane, smelling of burning plastic, and the floor became extremely hot. 

"We heard this terrible noise that was ongoing. So we were really, all of us were crying and freaked out and scared. A couple people were yelling, swearing," described Jacques.

"Going out to the airport, we've got envoy 3047 with smoke in the cockpit and 43 hundred pounds of fuel on board, and 29 souls," said Waterloo watch command during the emergency call.

A huge sigh of relief for many on bored when the plane landed safely in Waterloo 10 minutes later.

After a nearly 4 hour wait, most passengers left on a new plane, but a few decided to keep their feet on the ground and make the drive.
"My anxiety is really high right now. I would rather skip it. I could cry. Near death experience," said Jacques. 

 The Waterloo Airport Director says although this doesn't happen often at their airport, the ground crew trains year round and is fully trained to handle fires.
 However they do rely on Waterloo Fire for extra support.

Although it was an unexpected stop in Waterloo, the passengers got a taste of the Cedar Valley during their long delay when the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau dropped off Scratch Cupcakes.


According to the AA statement, flight 2047, and Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft with 26 passengers and three crew on board, from Sioux Falls to Chicago O'Hare diverted to Waterloo after an odor was reported in the cabin. The aircraft landed without incident and taxied to the gate. 

According to passengers, the plane was is in the air for 20 minutes before the emergency landing was announced.

The landing was bumpy. Passengers say they could smell smoke and the floor was extremely hot, so they started to yell.

According to a passenger, pilot did not say what was happening. Flight attendants made the emergency landing announcement. Flight attendants told passengers to make toward the emergency exits and to not bring items on plane with them. Flight attendants also instructed passengers to review their emergency landing protocol. 

A replacement plane will arrive in Waterloo from Chicago at 3 p.m. Some passengers say they are nervous to get on that second plane. 

According to a few passengers, they decided to take a rental car to Chicago instead of flying.

The remaining passengers departed Waterloo just before 5:00 p.m.


The Waterloo Fire Department responds to an emergency plane landing this afternoon. 

According to the Waterloo Director of Aviation Keith Kaspari, the plane is an American Airlines Envroy Air Flight 3047. The plane departed in Sioux Falls, SD en route to Chicago's O'Hare airport. 

The flight was diverted to Waterloo for an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit. 

A replacement plane will arrive in Waterloo from Chicago at 3 p.m. 

This is a developing story. Stay with KWWL for more details. 

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