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The path of SkyWest flight 3096 on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. The Chicago-bound flight took off from Sioux Falls, S.D., and was diverted to Rochester International Airport for an emergency. (Screenshot from FlightAware.com)

An American Airlines flight bound for Chicago was diverted to the Rochester International Airport Monday evening after an in-flight mechanical problem with the aircraft.

The Airport Fire Department and Rochester Fire Department were called to stage at the airport prior to the plane's arrival. The plane, a Bombardier CRJ-700 model, landed safely and no injuries were reported, airport officials said.

The flight, American Airlines 3096, departed Sioux Falls shortly before 4 p.m, according to American Airlines flight information. The plane diverted from its course over Iowa to Rochester. The reason for the diversion was not specified.

Officials were heard over emergency radio channels referring to 65 people on board the flight. The number of passengers and crew could not be officially confirmed. The CRJ-700 holds up to 70 passengers in a variety of different seating configurations, according to information about the plane presented on airline websites.

The plane then departed Rochester for Chicago at about 5:45 p.m.

American Airlines, in a prepared statement, reported the plane experienced a mechanical issue but did not specify what the issue was.