50 passengers had to be taken off a flight at the Charleston International Airport this morning after a smoke detector went off inside the plane.
American Eagle Flight 3450 was scheduled to depart for Miami at 6am Wednesday. The Embraer ERJ-145 had just pulled out from the gate when a smoke detector in its cargo hold was triggered. Airport officials said police and first responders were called to the scene. The Charleston Post & Courier reported that the flight crew discharged the plane’s fire suppression system as a precaution.
There were no injuries reported and the cause remains under investigation. Firefighters said they found no evidence of a fire inside the hold, adding it was possible the sensor could be faulty.
An airport spokeswoman said the plane was considered to be “full” at the time. As of 11am, officials had not decided whether to rebook the passengers, or simply wait until repairs were finished.