Smoke Reported in American Eagle Jet Causes Delays at LaGuardia

Jul 30, 2014 7:14 pm ET

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- An American Eagle jet made an emergency landing this afternoon at New York’s LaGuardia Airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit, causing minor delays at the airport.

An Embraer SA ERJ-140 aircraft, carrying 44 passengers and three crew and bound for Knoxville, Tennessee, took off from LaGuardia at 3:15 p.m. in New York. The pilot turned the aircraft around and landed safely back at LaGuardia within minutes after the report of smoke, said Matt Miller, a spokesman for Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines Group Inc., which owns the regional carrier.

American technicians were inspecting the plane shortly after 6 p.m. and had no information about what caused the incident. The company has no reason to suspect foul play, Miller said.

Air traffic at LaGuardia was delayed for 10 minutes to 15 minutes after the emergency landing when airport officials closed one runway, said Steven Sypa, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. A longer delay of 63 minutes at LaGuardia this evening was related to high winds and weather, rather than the American Eagle incident, Sypa said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate the incident.

--With assistance from Julie Johnsson in Chicago and Alan Levin in Washington.