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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 15:41 GMT
Jet forced into emergency landing
Cardiff International Airport
The plane made an emergency landing at Cardiff airport
A transatlantic passenger jet has been forced to land at Cardiff International Airport due to smoke in the cockpit.

The British Airways 747, flying from New York's JFK airport to Heathrow, London, diverted to Cardiff at about 1230 GMT and made an emergency landing.

A Cardiff airport spokesman said fire crews were on standby but the plane landed safely. The cause of the problem in the cockpit is being investigated.

There were 17 crew members aboard the plane but just two passengers.

Bird strike

It was the second incident involving the plane in 24 hours.

Earlier, the aircraft had suffered a bird strike as it flew into New York.

This led to a six-hour delay for the plane at JFK airport.

Nearly all the passengers were put on other flights, leaving just two on board the jumbo jet when it was involved in the incident as it headed to the UK.

A Cardiff airport spokesman said: "It was reported that pilots had smelt smoke in the cockpit and the airport was put on full alert.

"The incident was dealt with by on-site engineers who discovered no fire and the passengers were sent onward to their final destinations by taxi."

A BA spokeswoman added: "There was an indication that there was smoke at the rear of the aircraft. Our engineers are now checking the aircraft."

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