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Smell of smoke forces emergency landing at Buffalo airport

The smell of smoke forced the emergency landing Monday of an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga.

A spokeswoman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said the emergency landing occurred about 3 p.m., and was precipitated after a number of people on board the plane, American Airlines Flight 9879, noticed a smell of smoke. Initial reports were that there was smoke in the cockpit, but emergency crews did not find any evidence of a fire, the spokeswoman said.

There were 37 people on board the plane, including the crew. No one was hurt. The exact cause of the odor is under investigation, according to the spokeswoman.

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