Cockpit odor spurs American Airlines emergency landing in NC

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Possible electrical fumes in the cockpit spurred an American Airlines flight to make an emergency landing in North Carolina.

Authorities tell news outlets that American flight 809 from Philadelphia to Orlando landed Tuesday afternoon at Wilmington International Airport. Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton said the flight crew detected the odor in the cockpit of the Airbus A321 and deployed oxygen masks before asking to be diverted to Wilmington.

The aircraft had 178 passengers and a crew of six on board.

The plane taxied to the gate and passengers were allowed to leave the aircraft through the jet bridge. Emergency personnel were deployed but no injuries were reported.

An American Airlines maintenance crew was inspecting the aircraft Tuesday afternoon.

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