Smoke in cockpit grounds Charlotte flight during take-off

Smoke in cockpit grounds Charlotte flight during take-off

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Smoke in cockpit grounds Charlotte flight during take-off

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by CAMERON STEELE / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 5:16 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A US Airways flight from Charlotte to Aruba was forced to land during take-off Wednesday afternoon after the flight crew reported smoke in the cockpit.

The reports of smoke came around 12:30 p.m. as flight 876 was taking off to Aruba, US Airways officials said. The plane landed without incident and taxied to the gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on its own power.

There were no injuries, but fire trucks and paramedics responded as a precaution, airline officials said.

Passengers deboarded the plane and were directed to another aircraft for their trip.

"There were no passenger issues and no smoke in the cabin – only in the flight deck," said US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr.  "Our crew elected to get checked out by medics as a precaution but no issues to report."

US Airways officials said maintenance crews were checking the plane to determine what had caused the smoke.

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