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Republic flight makes successful emergency landing

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Passengers fled from a smoking plane after an emergency landing at the Kansas City International Airport Monday, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, local fire department and airport told CNN.

All passengers escaped safely through the plane's emergency chute, although there were four minor injuries, airport spokesman Joe McBride said.

Republic Flight 1903 was en route from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the airport at Kansas City, Missouri, when the plane made an emergency landing after reports of smoke in the cockpit, said FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Corey. The plane landed at 3:27 p.m., she said.

There was minimal smoke in the cockpit when the fire department arrived, Kansas City Fire Department Public Information Officer Joe Vitale told CNN.

One female passenger injured her ankle while evacuating the aircraft and was taken to a local hospital, Vitale said. The other three injuries were treated at the scene, he said. Buses transported the passengers to the terminal, McBride said.