AA 777 Makes Emergency Landing in Venezuela

An American Airlines jet flying from Miami to Sao Paulo made an emergency landing in Venezuela on Friday after the pilot noticed an odor like smoldering electrical parts in the cockpit, the airline said.

The Boeing 777, which had 245 people on board, diverted to Caracas as a precaution and landed early Friday without incident, said Billy Sanez, a spokesman for American.

"All the passengers and crew were never in any danger," Sanez said. "There was no fire. There was some electrical smell, and as a precaution, the captain decided to land the plane."

Passengers were shuttled on to Miami, and some to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as they caught other flights to Brazil, Sanez said.

The cause of the electrical odor was under investigation, and the plane was taken out of service for maintenance, Sanez said.

American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a unit of AMR Corp.

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