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GSP firefighters respond to smell of smoke on Delta plane

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Firefighters respond to a Delta plane at GSP Airport. (Oct. 16, 2013/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to a Delta plane at GSP Airport. (Oct. 16, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport said emergency crews were called to assist a plane that was forced to return after takeoff Wednesday afternoon.

About 12:45 p.m., the pilot of Delta flight 6168 radioed in that there was a smell of smoke onboard and was directed to return to the airport, according to GSP spokesperson Rosilyn Weston.

Weston said the plane was back on the ground by 1 p.m. and all 41 people onboard were evacuated while firefighters investigated.

She said GSP's firefighters, other emergency and operations personnel, and a few outside departments responded and were on standby if anything developed, but firefighters did not find a fire onboard the plane.

The 50-seat plane was headed to Detroit. There is no word how long passengers will be delayed in Greenville after the plane's return.

Firefighters don't know what caused the smell, Weston said. She said Delta personnel will investigate and handle the passengers' delay.

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