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Plane bound for CWA grounded after engine fails


ASHWAUBENON (WAOW)-- It was a scary scene for passengers aboard a plane headed for Central Wisconsin Airport Saturday night.

One of the engines started smoking, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing in Ashwaubenon.

On board were two North Central Technical College Officials and a Marathon County Board Member.

The Delta flight headed to CWA from Detroit and made an emergency landing at Austin-Straubel International Airport after smoke was detected in the cabin of the plane.

A Delta spokesperson said when the smoke was detected the pilot shut off the plane's right engine as a safety precaution.

The plane landed safely and none of the 41 passengers on board were injured.

But Bonnie Bissonette, a passenger on the plane said it's an experience she won't soon forget, "It was kind of a surreal experience because it didn't seem possible that you would crash in a plane. Although there was clearly smoke, the plane never really did anything erratic, it didn't turn over. The plane didn't do anything, we only had two engines, one of them went down but you couldn't tell."

Passengers were able to board another plane and continue on to CWA last night.

The cause of the engine failure is still under investigation.

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