Mother Kypriane, right, smelled smoke and heard an alarm on a SkyWest flight Monday as she and other Greek Orthodox nuns returned home from a trip to Greece. Mother Elizabeth picked her up at the Medford airport for the ride back to their convent in Etna, Calif.

A Safe Arrival

A smell of smoke on a SkyWest flight from Portland to Medford Monday afternoon sent emergency response crews scrambling, but the plane arrived safely.

Passengers on SkyWest Flight 5749, including a group of nuns from a Greek Orthodox convent in Etna, Calif., reported smelling smoke, then hearing an alarm before the turboprop plane landed in Medford at about 2 p.m.

"It was more precautionary," said Kim Stearns, airport marketing coordinator. "Nothing was on fire."

Airport fire department crews met the plane, which had 22 people aboard when the problem started, Stearns said. Firefighters checked the plane. It then was taken out of service until a thorough mechanical check could be completed, she said.

The nuns from Etna were on the last leg of a flight returning from a visit to Greece. They were met at the airport by other convent members for the drive back to their convent.

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