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Coast Guard aircraft makes emergency landing in Gulfport

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 had to make an emergency landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport after smoke filled the cabin Tuesday evening.

Officials tell us the source of the smoke was tracked down, and the situation is under control. A mechanic is evaluating the aircraft.

Airport Director Clay Jones said the C-130 was 15 miles out with six people on board when the crew radioed the air traffic control tower.

"They radioed to air traffic control and reported smoke in cockpit. They needed to make a landing at Gulfport-Biloxi and did so without incident, which is good," said Jones,

The C-130H is a military transport plane. It usually operates with a crew of seven, but can carry 92 passengers and up to 51,000 pounds of cargo.

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