Smoke in cabin forces plane back to Medford

A plane bound for Salt Lake City had to return to the Medford airport Monday morning after smoke was reported in the cabin, airport officials said.

Delta Flight No. 4674 had taken off from Medford at about 6:15 a.m. but returned to make an emergency landing after about 10 to 15 minutes in the air, officials said. The CRJ-200 aircraft landed safely, and the 75 passengers and four crew members were taken back to the terminal, said airport Director Bern Case.

"(Crew members) are working on re-booking passengers," he said Monday morning.

No one was hurt. A runway was closed but reopened about 30 minutes later and operations resumed as normal, Case said. The cause for the smoke remained under investigation.

"That'll take them awhile," Case said. "That never goes fast."

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