Cabin smoke forces flight back to Charleston International; passengers unhurt

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The cabin of a commercial flight headed to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. filled with smoke, forcing the place to return back to the Charleston International Airport.

Officials say crew members aboard the JetBlue flight 1131 on Monday, July 18 reported an odor and light smoke filling the cabin.  According to FlightAware, the plane stayed in the air for about 17 minutes before returning to the airport just before 2 p.m.

The aircraft is currently being inspected.

Official statement from JetBlue:

Out of an abundance of caution, JetBlue flight #1131 from Charleston, S.C. to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. returned to the airport shortly after takeoff when the crew reported an odor and light smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely shortly before 2 p.m. and is being inspected.

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