Jet Blue flight makes emergency landing at Charleston Airport

A Jet Blue plane is pictured in this file photo.

A Jet Blue flight that made an emergency landing Monday evening at Charleston International Airport was scheduled to depart nearly five hours later.

The plane was travelling from the Cayman Islands to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, according to Charleston airport spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells.

She said the pilot requested to land at the local airport after reporting a smell in the cockpit. The plane had just pulled up to the gate around 5 p.m., she said.

It is unknown what the smell was or what might have been wrong with the plane, but Jet Blue sent a different aircraft that passengers were expected to depart in at 9:45 p.m. The airline served pizza to the passengers while they waited, Gunnells said.

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