Plane makes emergency landing after taking off from Mitchell

CREATED Mar. 28, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar. 28, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A plane which took off from Mitchel International turned around and made an emergency landing after an issue on the plane.

"I was very scared...rightfully so," said Laura Bourdo, a passenger who talked with TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

She was taking Delta Flight 771 to Atlanta, the first leg of her trip to the Virgin Islands.  It took off during the 6:00 a.m. hour Thursday morning.

She noticed something didn't seem right.

"We could notice that we weren't climbing at all, and the plane started turning and turning and turning, and I looked at my husband, and I'm like, 'What's going on?'  He's like, 'We're going back.' "

Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant said in a statement that crews responded to a "cargo hold smoke detector indication light."

The plane returned to a gate at the airport with all 160 passengers on board.

Bourdo said that passengers were advised to get into a duck position, just in case.

Initial reports say no one was hurt.  She also said everything happened quickly, but people on the plane were calm.

Durrant said that Flight 771 took off again at 8:39 a.m.  Bourdo wasn't on that plane.

"We drive to Chicago, fly to Miami and onto our final destination."

Bourdo told Nick that the incident wouldn't stop her from future vacations.