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DFW-Bound Flight Turns Around After Mechanical Issue Creates Unusual Smell

The flight from Northwest Arkansas to DFW took off Saturday Morning and turned around shortly afterward

An American Airlines flight headed to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had to turn around Saturday morning after the crew noticed a strange smell on the plane.

Flight 3671 took off from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport just before 6:30 a.m. Saturday and turned around shortly after leaving the airport. The flight landed safely back at the airport.

KNWA-TV reports emergency crews were on standby at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, but were not deployed.

"These things happen. We have 20 to 25 of these a year. Most of the time it's nothing, and it appears it's the same in this case," Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Director Kelly Johnson said. "They didn't ask for assistance, but they [fire trucks] were ready to go if they needed to."

Airline officials said the cause of the smell was a mechanical issue. A maintenance team was brought in to inspect the aircraft. Most of the passengers were placed on other flights to DFW Airport.

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