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N.Y.-Tampa flight lands in N.C. after smoke warning

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published:   |   Updated: July 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. - A JetBlue flight from New York to Tampa made an unscheduled landing in North Carolina on Friday after the crew reported a smoke indicator light was activated in the cockpit.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said JetBlue Flight 1117, which left LaGuardia airport at 4:20 p.m., was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

An emergency was declared upon landing, however the plane landed safely and without incident at 7:13 p.m., the airline said

Bergen said the Airbus A320 stopped on the runway so emergency personnel could inspect the aircraft. It taxied to the gate under its own power.

An airport spokesman said mechanics checked the plane and found no problems. JetBlue said the flight resumed at 9:51 p.m.

News reports indicated there were 138 people, including passengers and crewmembers, on board. Jet Blue didn't immediately confirm the totals.

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