Plane makes emergency landing at Mesa airport

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MESA, Ariz. -- A plane needed to make an emergency landing at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Monday morning after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

The Allegiant Airlines flight was about 20 miles north of the airport when the pilot reported the plane was returning.

According to Capt. Forrest Smith with the Mesa Fire Department, fire crews met the plane when it landed safely back at the airport. The smoke had dissipated before the MD-83 landed.

Smith added that the passengers appeared calm.

According to a spokeswoman for Allegiant, the problem was fumes and heat and there was no actual smoke. There is no word on the cause.

No one was injured in the incident. The 147 passengers were put on another plane and were able to depart to Pasco, Wash.