Plane returns safely to Charlotte airport after ‘maintenance issue’

CHARLOTTE — A plane landed safely Monday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after a “maintenance issue,” a spokesperson said.

It happened just before 10 a.m. and involved an American Airlines flight. According to a spokesperson for American Airlines, the plane was headed from Charlotte to Chattanooga but quickly returned after takeoff. The crew reported a possible smell in the cabin.

According to the airport, passengers were bussed back to the terminal. First responders were called to investigate per standard protocol, but paramedics said they did not treat any patients.

The plane was taken out of service and will be inspected by an American Airlines maintenance team, the airline said.

Passengers will board a replacement aircraft to reach their destination, the spokesperson said.

The full statement from American Airlines is below:

“American Eagle flight 5304, operated by PSA Airlines, with service from Charlotte (CLT) to Chattanooga (CHA) returned to CLT shortly after takeoff due to a maintenance issue,” the spokesperson said. “The flight landed safely and the aircraft was taken out of service to be inspected by our maintenance team. Customers will re-depart CLT on a replacement aircraft shortly. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans and apologize for the inconvenience.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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