updated 1/26/2011 8:18:47 PM ET 2011-01-27T01:18:47

Continental Airlines says a cross-country flight from Newark, N.J., had to return there a few minutes after taking off when smoke was reported in the plane's cabin.

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Flight 1626 was bound for San Diego when it took off Wednesday morning from Newark Liberty International Airport. It returned about 15 minutes later.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago-based airline says the smoke was caused by de-icing fluid that seeped into an engine.

The plane landed safely. The passengers were put on another plane.

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