An American Airlines flight headed from Miami to Chicago had to be diverted to Jacksonville International Airport on Tuesday afternoon after reports of fire or smoke in the cockpit.
Jacksonville International Airport staff and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said the plane, American Airlines flight 1090, landed safely.
JIA said it is looking into the report of smoke or fire in the cockpit.
American Airlines said in a statement that the issue stemmed from a passenger spilling soda on an electrical item:
American Airlines flight 1090, a flight from Miami (MIA) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), diverted to Jacksonville, Fla., (JAX) due to a maintenance issue; a passenger spilled a soda on an electrical item in the main cabin. Our highly trained crew quickly reacted, and resolved the issue. Out of abundance of caution, the crew made the decision to divert to JAX.
The Boeing 737 landed safely, and taxied to the gate. A maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft.
We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Chicago as soon as possible.
There were 149 passengers and six crew members on board.
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