Crews assess JetBlue plane after emergency landing

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 1:33 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Maintenance teams are assessing a JetBlue plane that was forced to return to Jamaica after the flight crew smelled smoke.

Alfred McDonald is a director at Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. He said evaluations of the carrier's Embraer 190 plane were ongoing Tuesday.

The Fort Lauderdale-bound JetBlue plane with 98 passengers returned to the Kingston airport some 15 minutes after takeoff Monday night. McDonald says "the pilot detected smoke in the cockpit and decided to make the good decision to return."

JetBlue spokeswoman Real Hamilton-Romeo says passengers disembarked the plane via emergency slides. She says six passengers were taken to a hospital afterward, where five of them were quickly treated and released.

McDonald says the most seriously injured passenger sustained a broken ankle when exiting the plane.

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