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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some Pitt Panthers fans and cheerleaders were on board on a plane that had to make an emergency landing Friday morning.

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The American Airlines flight was traveling from Charlotte, N.C., to Greensboro, N.C. The Panthers are scheduled to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday afternoon.

Airline officials say an odor in the cabin prompted the flight to turn around and return to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport shortly after take-off.

“Once we got in the air, it was a little after 8:30 a.m., the whole plane just started smelling of smoke,” Pitt fan Ken Strauss said. “I thought it was just maybe a bad smell from the air conditioning.”

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Strauss tweeted a photo of the incident, showing passengers standing outside the plane and what appears to be a firefighter walking on board.

Airline officials say no fire was reported. The odor was reportedly caused by an electrical issue.

The passengers had to wait about two and a half hours before they were placed on another plane.

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Pitt cheerleaders and coaches were also on the flight. A representative from the Pitt Athletic Department said the squad arrived safely in Greensboro and will be at Wake Forest to cheer on the football team Saturday.