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American Airlines flight returns to Palm Springs airport after reports of smoke in cockpit
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) ' Authorities say an American Airlines flight returned safely to Palm Springs International Airport shortly after takeoff, after reports of smoke or the smell of smoke in the cockpit.
Airport Executive Director Thomas Nolan tells the Desert Sun (http://mydesert.co/Jf5nzP ) that Flight 1848 took off at about 11:40 a.m. Monday headed for Dallas and returned about eight minutes later. He says all 136 passengers on board were "safe and sound."
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the aircraft is a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin jet. He says FAA inspectors are working with the airline to determine what the problem was. It's not known if the plane was cleared to return to service.
The airline's website shows that Flight 1848 finally departed at 5:11 p.m., nearly six hours behind schedule.
Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/