A flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport had to turn around and land at RDU on Wednesday afternoon because of mechanical issues, airport officials said.
American Eagle Flight 4370 departed around 4 p.m., but a smoke indicator warning light came on shortly after takeoff, which forced the aircraft to return to the airport, said Stacey Putnam Ross, a spokeswoman for Trans States Airlines, which was operating the flight for American Airlines.
American Eagle is a regional brand of American Airlines.
The flight landed safely and taxied to the gate, where the 44 passengers that were on board the Embraer 145 aircraft were evacuated. Passengers will be transferred to an alternate plane, Ross said.
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The airport fire department checked out the plane and determined there was no fire, said airport spokesman Andrew Sawyer.
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