A Frontier Airlines flight bound for Orlando from Charlotte was evacuated due to a strong odor. The plane had more than 200 passengers on board.

Frontier Airlines said in a statement to USA TODAY that as Flight 1759 was boarding at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday, “a strong odor was observed throughout the aircraft,” prompting the captain to issue an evacuation notice “if a matter of precaution.”

“Passengers exited the aircraft via both the jet bridge and evacuation slides,” the airline said, adding that all 226 passengers who were offloaded were accommodated on alternative flights. One person was injured coming down a slide, a Frontier Airlines spokesperson said.

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The origin of the strong odor that led to forced evacuations remains unclear, Frontier said

It was not immediately clear what the odor was, and initial reports indicate no visible smoke or fire was observed, Frontier said.

“We sincerely apologize and are concerned for those affected and are investigating the cause of the incident,” Frontier Airlines said.

Saman Shafiq is a trending news reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at sshafiq@gannett.com and follow her on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter @saman_shafiq7.

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