Austrian Airlines Returns to JFK with Smoke in Cockpit

NEW YORK -- An Austria-bound jet with more than 200 people aboard returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after takeoff Thursday after the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

The Boeing 767, headed for Vienna, turned around at 7:30 p.m., several minutes after taking off, said Alan Hicks, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the area's main airports.

The Austrian Airlines plane landed safely, and no one was hurt, he said.

A telephone call to the airline was answered by a machine that played a recording but would not take message. The company's Web site was offline Thursday night.

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