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Jet returns to San Diego after report of smoke

An American Airlines jet safely returned to San Diego's airport shortly after takeoff when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.
/ Source: The Associated Press

An American Airlines jet safely returned to San Diego's airport shortly after takeoff when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

Officials from the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration say the Dallas-bound MD-80 jet took off at 6:19 p.m. Sunday and turned around 17 minutes later. It landed safely back in San Diego at 6:45 p.m.

None of the plane's 146 passengers was injured.

Dozens of firefighters were waiting for the plane when it returned. After an examination of the plane that included the use of thermal imaging tools, they found no fire or any related problems.

The passengers eventually arrived in Dallas about two hours later than scheduled, according to the American Airlines Web site.