Jet with Mpls. students lands after emergency

  • Updated: April 22, 2012 - 11:28 PM

A plane with dozens of Minneapolis Southwest High School students headed home from a field trip in New York City had to make an emergency landing Sunday night shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport.

No one was injured after the Delta flight landed at JFK Airport minutes after leaving La Guardia with about 200 people on board.

Delta Airlines said the MD-88 jetliner "landed without incident" after the pilot smelled smoke inside the aircraft. Delta spokesman Eric Torbenson said it was unknown what caused the smoke problem.

"The flight did declare an emergency," he said.

Martin Keller, whose 18-year-old daughter was on board, said she was pretty shaken up by the landing. "She was audibly upset and concerned," he said.

Keller said the 36 students were part of a larger group of 75 who traveled to New York on Thursday as on a combination choir, theater and dance trip. The group was supposed to perform at the United Nations Thursday night but Keller said they missed the performance because of a three-hour delay leaving Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport because of a problem with a circuit breaker.

Keller said his daughter told him there were dozens of fire trucks and ambulances waiting for the plane to make Sunday's emergency landing.


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