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US plane makes emergency landing on Colombian island

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 07:47

Bogota: An airplane belonging to the US carrier American Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday at the airport of Colombia`s San Andres Island after reporting smoke in the cockpit.

All 172 passengers aboard the Boeing 757 were safe and in good condition, reported Xinhua citing the American Airlines in a statement issued in Colombia.

The plane was flying from San Jose, Costa Rica to Miami, Florida. "The plane was rerouted to San Andres, Colombia, due to a mechanical problem," the company said.

"The Boeing 757 airplane with 172 passengers and six crew members landed without incident at San Andres at 9.45 am local time (1445 GMT), " it said.

Frank Gonzalez, director of the San Andres Civil Defence Office, said the passengers encountered no problems during the landing, despite the rain.


First Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 07:47

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