Friday, September 30, 2011

Plane lands safely after report of smoke. Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A US Airways plane that reported smoke in the cockpit has landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport.  US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder says Express Flight 2588  from Knoxville, Tenn., to Philadelphia declared an emergency before landing shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.  Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the plane landed safely  but didn't taxi to the gate. She said 52 passengers and four crew members were evacuated onto the runway.  Lupica says the passengers and crew members boarded buses and  were driven to their gate. It's not immediately clear what caused the smoke in the cockpit.  No injuries were reported. US Airways Group Inc. is based in Tempe, Ariz.

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