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The flight from Dallas to Moline made the emergency landing after the pilot noticed smoke coming from the cockpit. Flight 3400 landed in Greenville, Texas after what passengers say was only about 15 minutes into the flight. The flight had 45 passengers and a crew of three on board; no one was injured.  Currently, there's still no word on the source of the smoke aboard the plane and today maintenance crews were investigating. Passengers are making their way to their other destinations.

Dallas is about 50 miles from Greenville, Texas.  Passengers describe the experience as terrifying--even applauding the crew on board  for stepping up and guiding the passengers through the emergency landing. Those passengers say they're just happy to have made it here safely. Flight 3400 is safely on the ground, but what happened before this emergency landing, passengers say they'll never forget.

Ann Stern is just one of 45 passengers that boarded flight 3400 headed to Moline.

"We had just been airborne maybe ten or 15 minutes," said passenger Ann Stern.

 "We started to feel this heavy g force feeling and we were spiraling to land quickly and we didn't know why. there was a little bit of an odor but no smoke in the cabin," said passenger Greg Siers. "What he didn't tell us was that the oxygen masks had deployed for the pilots. and this is major, he didn't put his masks on because he was worried it would freak us out and it would have."

 "Our flight attendant his name is David. we never knew his last name. he was absolutely amazing. he said this is real. this is happening. I want you to take the card out and brace for impact," said Stern.  

The flight landed safely in Greenville,Texas. The passengers helped each other exit from the emergency doors of the plane.

 "One, two, three come down--one, two, three come down. We got 10 to 15 people off. there were three other doors happening at the same time. According to the flight attendant, we emptied that plane in 30 seconds," said Siers.

Creating both a bond and an experience--passengers call unforgettable, but they're mostly thankful to have made it out of this one alive.

"Everybody was so relieved. we're a very bonded group now," said Stern.

"I've never been in a group  that was more cohesive, respectful and focused. It was awesome. I feel like I've got 44 new best friends," said Siers.

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