ASHWAUBENON – An inbound commercial jet landed without incident at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport on Sunday morning after a smoke-alarm indicator light activated inside the aircraft.
Roland Herwig, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in its Oklahoma City center, said the light came on in the cockpit of ExpressJet Airlines flight 5647 from Atlanta before its scheduled landing about 8:30 a.m.
“We had a pilot report an indicator light saying there was smoke in the lavatory,” Herwig said.
Local emergency crews responded on the ground as the plane safely arrived at the airport, but no smoke was found in the lavatory, Herwig said.
The flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport didn’t have any passengers on board, rather a small flight crew that included two pilots, flight attendants and a mechanic, said Lt. Steve Perry from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, which had an officer on scene.
“It was a plane that was being shuttled to Green Bay to take passengers out,” Perry said.
Perry said the on-board mechanic diagnosed and fixed the malfunction before the plane landed at Austin Straubel.
“There was no impact; the aircraft landed normally,” Herwig said. “The pilot let us know that he had a light (go on), and the appropriate response was made.”
The flight-tracking website FlightAware.com indicated the ExpressJet aircraft, a Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, landed at Austin Straubel at 8:28 a.m. after a one-hour, 47-minute flight from the Atlanta airport.
Calls made to ExpressJet Airlines weren't returned Sunday.
The airline, which is based in Atlanta, is a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc. ExpressJet operates daily flights to more than 180 airports in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean as American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, according to its website.
At 8:26 a.m. on Sunday law enforcement officials responded to an emergency call involving an inbound aircraft at Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s office.
Action 2 News spoke with a representative from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security operations.
A TSA spokesperson says she was not aware of the situation and therefore it is not likely a security related emergency.
The TSA deferred comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA could not be reached for comment.
Austin Straubel International Airport officials declined to comment.
Action 2 News is on the scene.
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