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Tallahassee-to-Miami flight makes emergency stop in Tampa

from The Tampa Bay Times:

An American Airlines plane bound for Miami made an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport on Thursday after reporting smoke in the cockpit while the plane was still in flight, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

The smoke was reported at 9:15 p.m. and the plane landed at 9:20 p.m., said airport spokeswoman Janet Zink. A rescue crew responded to the airport. The plane landed safely and no injuries were reported, Fire Rescue said.

The plane left from Tallahassee and carried 50 people, Zink said.

The cause of the smoke was unknown Thursday night, she said.

Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho was one of the people aboard. At 9:15 p.m., he tweeted: "In for emergency landing after taking off from Tallahassee after loud explosion and smoke. Attempting to land in Tampa."

Thirteen minutes later, he tweeted again: "Landed in Tampa after lengthy maintenance delay in Tally and explosion and smoke forced a tense aggressive landing. Safe."

At 10:05 p.m., he posted a "selfie" from inside TIA with a number of people, including U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami.

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