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American Airlines Boeing 737 diverted due to suspicious smell in the cockpit

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After crew members detected a suspected burning smell in the flight deck, an American Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane was diverted to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in the United States.

On November 17, 2021, the incident occurred when the American Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet, registered as N976NN, was performing flight AA-2813, connecting New York and Austin.

The jet took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 8.41 a.m. (UTC) and was due to land at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) a few hours later, according to Flightradar24.com data.

However, the flight crew noted an unusual smell of smoke in the flight deck when flying at FL340 near Pittsburgh. The pilots decided to immediately divert the plane to the nearest airfield after donning their crew oxygen masks.

According to flight data, the flight crew safely landed the jet on the runway of Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) at 11:22 a.m. (UTC).

The flight crew requested that PIT airport emergency personnel investigate the plane because they suspected an in-flight fuel leak. The pilots taxied the plane to the apron when the inspection was done, and no additional difficulties were recorded.

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