Delta Air Lines plane makes emergency landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A Delta Air Lines plane not scheduled to land at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was forced to make an emergency landing around 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to Toni Herrera-Bast with the Birmingham Airport Authority.

Bast says the plane was forced to divert from its course and make an emergency landing in Birmingham.

The plane landed safely at the airport.

According to Delta Air Lines, Delta Air Lines aircraft 2243 was headed to Atlanta from New Orleans when someone on the plane smelled a smoke-like odor during the flight.

Out of an abundance of caution, pilots diverted the flight to make an emergency landing at Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport.

A total of 132 passengers were on the plane when it made the landing, and all of the passengers were safe and are in the process of rebooking their flights out of Birmingham to their respective destinations.

Delta says it plans to have all flights rebooked soon.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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