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Delta flight makes emergency landing in Fargo after cockpit smoke

A Delta flight en route to Alaska from Minneapolis flies over 19th Avenue North before making an emergency landing at Hector International Airport in Fargo on Thursday, April 12, 2018. David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
A Delta flight to Alaska from Minneapolis makes an emergency landing at Hector International Airport in Fargo, with firetrucks following on Thursday, April 12, 2018.David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO – A Delta flight headed from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska, made an emergency landing at Fargo’s Hector International Airport Thursday, April 12, after reports of smoke in the cockpit.

The flight departed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. and was carrying 189 passengers, according to Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority.

The Delta plane was flying over the Bismarck area when it was forced to turn around and fly to Fargo, Dobberstein said.

The plane was able to land safely at Hector at about 7:30 p.m., with firefighters greeting the plane when it touched down.

A flight from Minneapolis was to arrive in Fargo at 11 p.m. to pick up the stranded passengers and take them to their destination. Delta ordered pizza for the passengers during the wait.