A small fire in the cockpit of an American Airlines jet Monday night forced an emergency landing, officials said Tuesday.
No injuries were reported among the 158 passengers and seven crew on the New York-to-Switzerland flight."They had just begun to serve dinner when some of the stew-ard-esses began running around," said passenger Joe Rhodes. "There was a really strong smell, like burning rubber, and we started descending very rapidly.
"The landing was very rough," he said. "We came down real hard."
Emergency crews were called at 9:30 p.m. after the pilots reported smoke, which was traced to a small fire in the cockpit of the Boeing 767. The cause of the fire was unclear.
Another jet was being flown in from Chicago to take the passengers to Zurich.
Outside Boston, a TWA plane bound for St. Louis with 161 passengers and 20 crew members turned back to Logan International Airport because of a smell of smoke in the cabin.
No one was injured or required medical attention, said Phil Orlandella, spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport.
The airline did not say what had caused the smoke.
In London Tuesday, four people were injured when a civilian jet crashed through a fence after landing and wound up on a busy highway, hitting a van, the Ministry of Defense said.
The three people aboard the Spanish Lear jet suffered minor injuries, police said. Rescuers had to cut the van driver from his vehicle, but his injuries were not believed to be serious.
The cause of the crash was unclear.