397193 01: American Eagle planes, which run daily commuter flights to New York, stand parked on the tarmac November 12, 2001 at Logan Airport in Boston MA. All flights in and out of the New York area were cancelled after an American Airlines flight out of New York crashed earlier today. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
An American Eagle flight scheduled to fly from the University of Illinois' airport to Dallas-Fort Worth was aborted after crew members noticed smoke in the cockpit during takeoff.
Ted Gonsiorowski is assistant manager at Willard Airport just south of Champaign. He told The News-Gazette that the Embraer ERJ-145 was about a third of the way down the runway when someone noticed the smoke.
He says the 39 passengers left the plane about 8:30 a.m. and were taken back to the terminal to look for other flights. No one was injured.
Mike Kobel of the airport fire department says the plane was checked with a thermal-imaging camera but no fire was found.
The plane was taken to a maintenance hangar for further inspection.