Bag emitting smoke on Moline flight forces gate closures at Texas airport


Share
Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 10:40 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Kevin Smith, correspondent@qconline.com
A bag emitting smoke in the cargo hold of a plane from Moline on Tuesday forced officials at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to momentarily close four of its gates.

Investigators looked into the situation shortly after American Eagle Flight No. 3302 landed on Tuesday afternoon, The Dallas Morning Sun reported.

The 44 passengers and four crew members aboard the flight exited before the investigation, Dallas airport spokesman DavidMagana told the newspaper.

"Firefighters responding to the aircraft reported a smoking bag inside the cargo hold, prompting a further investigation," Mr. Magana said.

"The DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Department of Public Safety responded with explosives ordnance detection (EOD) team and equipment, as well as the DFW mobile command post, and DPS set up a perimeter around the aircraft as a precaution," Mr. Magana said.

Safety crews removed the bag from the aircraft at about 3:15 p.m. Terminal B gates were reopened within 30 minutes, according to the newspaper.

The cause of the smoking bag was unknown as of Wednesday afternoon and the incident remains under investigation, Mr. Magana said.

Bruce Carter, director of aviation at the Quad City International Airport, said he was unaware of the incident.






















 




Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





(More History)