Odor of smoke prompts emergency landing at airport

Dignitaries and firefighters attend the ribbon cutting of the new fire station for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Fire Department on August 23, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – An American Airlines flight inbound from Philadelphia had to make an emergency landing after the odor of smoke was detected onboard.

NFTA Spokesperson Helen Tederous says the incident happened onboard American Airlines flight 9879 around 3 pm Monday and some people noticed the smell.

“The initial reports were that there was smoke in the cockpit, but emergency crews did not find any evidence of any fire. There were a total of 37 souls on board, including the crew,” said Ms. Tederous.

No one was hurt, and the exact cause of the unusual odor is under investigation.

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