Smoke in airplane cabin prompts flight to turn back to Medford

A flight that left the Medford Airport this morning had to turn around and make an emergency landing after smoke was reported in the cabin, airport officials said.

Delta Flight no. 4674, bound for Salt Lake City, had taken off at about 6:15 a.m. and returned after about 10 to 15 minutes in the air. The CRJ-200 aircraft landed safely. The 75 passengers and four crew members evacuated the plane and were taken back to the terminal.

"(Crew members) are working on re-booking passengers," said airport director Bern Case.

No one was hurt. Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the initial incident. A runway was closed for about 30 minutes but has since reopened.

"We're back to normal operations now," Case said.

The cause for the smoke remains under investigation..

"That'll take them awhile," Case said. "That never goes fast."

— Ryan Pfeil

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