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Flight from Norfolk makes emergency landing in North Carolina due to fumes, odor

Airport and flight operations are back to normal.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Author's note: The video above is on file from July 21, 2021. 

A flight that was going from Norfolk to Orlando made an emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 23, due to reports of a fume and odor event. 

According to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Frontier Flight 1159 contacted them around 5:45 p.m. and said that they would need to divert the plane and land. 

When the plane landed, RDU Fire Rescue, which is the airport's fire department, and other local emergency partners responded to the airfield. 102 passengers and crewmembers were evacuated. 

Once they were on the ground, passengers and crew were medically cleared, except for one passenger, who was transported to WakeMed Health in Raleigh. 

The Terminal 2 Ramp at the airport was closed until 7:20 p.m., but other airport operations were not interrupted. 

As a result of the ramp closure, 16 arrival flights were unable to access their gates for at least an hour. 

Upon investigation, there was no indication that there had been a fire on board the plane, and no injuries were reported. 

Frontier Airlines put out this statement:

Earlier today, Frontier Airlines Flight 1159 from Norfolk to Orlando experienced a fume/odor event. Out of an abundance of caution, the aircraft diverted to Raleigh-Durham and both passengers and crew exited the aircraft via evacuation slides. No injuries to passengers or crew have been reported. There is no indication of a fire on board the aircraft. All passengers are safely inside the airport terminal and the airline is in the process of finalizing arrangements to get them to their final destinations.

Airport and flight operations are back to normal.