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Smoke reported on flight

on August 05, 2014 10:30 AM

IMPERIAL (AP) — A United Airlines maintenance team was trying to determine what caused a report of smoke aboard a United Express flight from Newark, N.J., to Pittsburgh International Airport.

Pittsburgh airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny says the flight landed safely at 9:53 p.m. Monday, but passengers had to get off the plane on the runway as a precaution. Shuttle buses took the passengers to their gate.

The flight crew alerted the control tower at the Pittsburgh airport about spotting the smoke about a half hour before the flight landed. Emergency crews found no fire on the plane and couldn’t find the source of the smoke.

United spokeswoman Mary Ryan says the smoke appeared to be coming from the plane’s cargo area.

Maintenance crews were inspecting the plane on Tuesday.

The Q400 aircraft was carrying 59 passengers and four crew members.

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