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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Delta 757 made an emergency landing at Montgomery Regional Airport early Sunday afternoon, after pilots reported smoke and fumes in the cockpit.
Phil Perry, executive director of the Montgomery Regional Airport, said the 187 passengers on the Cancun-to-Atlanta flight were brought off the plane after landing and, in what he said is common procedure on international flights and sequestered in the airport. Emergency services responded to the plane, but there were no injuries reported.
"The firemen determined there was no danger, but they had to come off the plane," Perry said.
Delta's website showed the plane, Flight 534, was scheduled to leave Cancun at 12:37 p.m. local time. The passengers were boarded on a second plan Sunday evening, which left Montgomery before 6:45 p.m. CDT. The flight arrived in Atlanta just before 7:15 p.m. EDT.
"They're anxious to get where they were going," he said.
The airport was providing the passengers with coffee and sandwiches during their wait, Perry said.
Perry said the quarantine did not affect flight operations, though passengers in the terminal said there were waits to get through security; the passengers occupied about three gates of the airport, Perry said.
Zac McCrary, a political consultant who had a flight scheduled to Dallas on Sunday evening, said he waited in the terminal about an hour.
"I got here about 4:45 and the other passengers had been waiting since 4, and they were not letting people through security," he said.
McCrary said security reopened around 5:40 p.m.
Brian Lyman, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser