September 5, 2013 in City

Passenger jet makes emergency landing in Spokane

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A commercial passenger jet made an emergency landing Thursday in Spokane after the flight crew smelled smoke.

No fire was discovered, authorities said, but all 105 passengers and five crew members were evacuated from the Boeing 737-800 as a precaution. The jet, operated by Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines, was bound for Seattle from Minneapolis but diverted to Spokane International Airport for an emergency landing because of the smoky smell, said airport spokesman Todd Woodard. It landed about 4:10 p.m.

Maintenace crews were requested for an inspection but the charter company also was looking at the possibility of bringing in a replacement aircraft, Woodard said.

Sun Country Airlines is among the nation’s largest charter operators but Thursday’s flight was part of its regularly scheduled commercial service between Minneapolis and Seattle.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the jet as a private charter.

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