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JetBlue plane makes emergency landing in Bermuda

People are seen in the new JetBlue Airways Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport during a terminal test in New York August 23, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - A JetBlue Airways Corp passenger jet on a flight from Aruba to Boston made a precautionary emergency landing in Bermuda on Tuesday after a cockpit light indicated possible smoke in a rear cargo bin, an airline spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Flight 774 from Aruba to Boston, an Airbus A320 carrying 63 passengers, diverted to the Atlantic island as a precaution due to the “maintenance issue,” JetBlue spokesperson Alison Croyle said in a statement sent to Reuters.

“An indication light in the cockpit came on suggestive of possible smoke in the aft cargo bin,” Croyle said.

She denied an earlier report by Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper, which quoted a local Bermuda fire service officer as saying the pilot of the plane had told the control tower smoke was detected in the cockpit coming from the flight controls.

“There was not smoke in the cockpit at any time,” Croyle said. She added that after the plane landed safely, a maintenance inspection cleared the aircraft and it later continued on its flight to Boston.

The Royal Gazette said the airport deployed fire trucks and an ambulance for the landing.

Reporting by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Vicki Allen