updated 11/13/2007 3:49:29 PM ET 2007-11-13T20:49:29

An American Airlines jetliner flying from Miami to Peru with 252 passengers aboard made an emergency landing in Ecuador on Tuesday after the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit, an official said.

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Duncan Patterson, American Airlines' sales manager in Ecuador told The Associated Press that it was a false alarm. No injuries were reported.

The plane was en route from Miami to Lima, Peru, when it landed in the port city of Guayaquil.

"Even though there are costs and complications for the passengers, something we will never argue about is the issue of security," Patterson said. "We will always respect the pilots' decisions."

Patterson called it a "minor" incident.

American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline, is run by AMR Corp.

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