Pilots report cockpit smoke on way to Newark

Continental Airlines is the latest airline to be making cuts.

February 21, 2011 1:57:14 PM PST
A Continental Connection flight headed for Newark, N.J., has returned to Albany International Airport shortly after takeoff because the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

Airport spokesman Doug Myers tells local media that maintenance crews believe the smoke was de-icing fluid vapor and the condition cleared quickly after the pilots turned off the windshield heater.

The twin-engine Q400 turboprop carrying 78 passengers had been de-iced before taking off at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The pilots reported the situation under control before they landed. Mechanics were checking out the plane. The flight is operated for Continental by Colgan Air.

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