Delta Connection: Smell of smoke prompts emergency landing at JFK

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A Delta Connection flight out of Kennedy Airport made an emergency return landing at the airport Wednesday after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit, FAA and Port Authority officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 2921 landed safely on Runway 31 L at 8:51 a.m. and passengers were deplaned on an airport taxiway without incident or injury.

Minneapolis-based Endeavor Air., the Delta subsidiary that operated the jet, said it was not smoke but the smell of smoke that prompted the emergency return to Kennedy.

The crew "followed established procedures and elected to return to JFK after they noticed a smoky odor in the cockpit," Endeavor spokesman Michael Thomas said. "The aircraft landed safely," and customers were taken by bus back to the terminal and put on another plane. "Safety is always Endeavor Air's top priority."

Thomas said there were 65 passengers and four crew members.

The Bombardier CRJ 9 regional jet had taken off from Kennedy at 8:36 a.m., said Ron Marisco, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which operates the airport.

As standard procedure, Marisco said, the airport activated emergency firefighting equipment and personnel to meet the aircraft upon its return to Kennedy. He said emergency slides were not activated -- and that passengers, once deplaned, were taken by bus to the terminal.

An FAA spokesman, Jim Peters, confirmed the agency was investigating the incident -- and a report of a smoke condition in the cockpit.

Thomas said Endeavor Air mechanics will evaluate the aircraft.

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