Colorado

Mar 8, 2010 9:00 AM by Associated Press

Jet with 74 aboard makes emergency landing

Officials say a jet carrying 74 people made an emergency landing at the Aspen airport after smoke entered the pilot's cabin.

Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Alex Burchetta says SkyWest Airlines flight 5940 made a safe landing Sunday afternoon and there were no reports of injury among the 70 passengers and four crew members.

SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow tells the Glenwood Springs Post Independent that the emergency occurred shortly before 1 p.m. after the aircraft left Aspen en route to Denver.

Aspen airport aviation director Jim Elwood tells the paper that the smoke was caused by a faulty air conditioner.

Officials say the conditioner was repaired and the Canadair Regional Jet 700 continued its flight to Denver later in the afternoon.

SkyWest is based in St. George, Utah.

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