Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 10:40 pm

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

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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.