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Smoke in plane diverts DC-to-Boston flight to Del.

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 10:31 a.m.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says a United Airlines flight from Washington to Boston was diverted to Delaware after the pilot reported smoke in the aircraft.

The FAA says flight 3759 was carrying 61 passengers and four crew members. It was diverted to New Castle Airport near Wilmington on Wednesday morning and landed safely.

The Canadian Regional jet operated by Mesa Airlines took off from Dulles International Airport and was headed to Boston Logan International Airport when the FAA says it was diverted around 9:50 a.m.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that firefighters met the jet after it landed. A spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority tells the newspaper that the Delaware Air National Guard base provided buses to take the passengers and crew to the terminal.