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FAA: Plane returns to Kennedy after 'smell of smoke'

A JetBlue Airways regional jet made an emergency landing Thursday at Kennedy Airport minutes after the crew reported "a smell of smoke" in the cockpit, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane, an Embraer E190 operating as Flight 2702, landed safely at 8:23 a.m., the FAA said. JetBlue said the flight carried 100 passengers and a crew of four -- and that there were no reported injuries.

Officials said the flight originated at Kennedy and was scheduled to fly to Buffalo's Niagara International Airport.

The crew declared the emergency shortly after takeoff, the FAA said. The cause of the smoke "smell" was unclear -- and the FAA said Thursday that it is investigating.

JetBlue, in a statement, said the crew elected to return to Kennedy "as a precaution" and that, upon landing safely, the plane was taken out of service and "is currently being inspected."

Customers were accommodated on a flight that left Kennedy at 9:46 a.m. and landed in Buffalo at 11:09 a.m.

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