- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2010

ASPEN, Colo. — Officials said 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 said 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.

A spokeswoman for the St. George, Utah-based airline, Marissa Snow, told 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 Airector Jim Elwood told the paper that the smoke was caused by a faulty air conditioner.

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

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