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Smoky odor prompts plane evacuation at Kansas City airport

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 6:49 p.m. CDT; updated 7:01 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

KANSAS CITY — A smoky smell aboard a jetliner forced passengers to evacuate using emergency chutes following a safe, scheduled landing at Kansas City International Airport.

Airport spokesman Joe McBride said no fire was detected after Midwest Airlines Flight 1903 from Milwaukee landed Monday afternoon. McBride said it's not clear what caused the smoke-like odor.

The 104 passengers and crew members slid down safety chutes to exit the plane, an Embraer 190.

Authorities said four people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation. One was taken to a hospital. The others were treated at the scene.

Many of the passengers were headed to Kansas City for the annual SkillsUSA convention, a national competition for students in fields such as welding and cosmetology.

Calls to the airline's media line went unanswered Monday evening.


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