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FIRST ON 3: Flight to ILM delayed because of smoke on board

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A flight from Charlotte to Wilmington was delayed this morning after reports of smoke on board. ILM Operations Director Gary Broughton confirms US Airways flight 2310 returned to the gate at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport after the crew smelled smoke.

A passenger on the flight e-mailed the WWAY newsroom and said smoke filled the plane.

“Well here’s a first,” the e-mail from D Pitman said, “I just evacuated my plane (US Air flight 2301 to Wilmington) due to the plane filling-up with smoke. Emergency and Maintenance are onboard checking things out. US Air is going to put us on another airplane.”

The flight was scheduled to leave CLT at 7:50 a.m. and arrive at ILM at 8:46 a.m., but its arrival has been delayed until at least 9:10 a.m.

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