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Emergency landing for Edmonton-bound plane after lit cigarette in cabin


An Edmonton-bound Swoop jet was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday night due to cigarette smoke in the cabin. (Larry MacDougal/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

No ifs, ands or butts.

A plane en route to Edmonton was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday night after a cigarette was lit in the cabin.

Regina Airport Authority CEO James Bogusz said the Swoop flight was traveling from London, Ontario, to Edmonton before it was forced to land in Regina, Saskatchewan.

In a statement to CTV News Edmonton, the low-cost carrier stated the plane was diverted “due to cigarette smoke coming from an undetermined source in the cabin of the plane.”

The jet landed safely and the incident is reportedly being probed.

The aircraft was a Boeing a 737, reported CTV News Regina.

“The aircraft landed without incident and all travelers were safely offloaded,” read a statement from the airline. “Swoop is currently working with authorities and select travelers were interviewed, given smoking is illegal on any aircraft."

Passenger James Beardsley claimed to have missed his connection to Alberta and must wait at least four days.

Swoop offered frustrated passengers free meal vouchers and hotel accommodations. On Thursday, another jet flew them to Edmonton.

“Swoop apologizes for any inconvenience and we are committed to getting our travelers to their destination as quickly and as safely as possible,” stated the airline.