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SFO-Bound Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing In San Jose

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A passenger plane that possibly had smoke in the cockpit made an emergency landing at Mineta San Jose International Airport Monday morning, Southwest Airlines officials said.

Southwest Flight 346 was reporting mechanical difficulties of possible smoke in the cockpit, which prompted the pilot to divert the plane from San Francisco to San Jose, airline officials said.

The flight made a safe landing at 11:15 a.m., airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

The plane had left Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and was destined for San Francisco International Airport, Barnes said.

No injuries were reported, Barnes said.

The plane was able to taxi to a gate on its own power, airline officials said.

There were 170 passengers and six crew members on the flight, according to Southwest officials.

KPIX 5 reporter Kiet Do said armed Homeland Security Department personnel were seen in the area of the gate where the plane stopped.

Southwest said it was the captain's decision to divert the plane to San Jose even though they were just 45 miles away from San Francisco.

Southwest employees will be working with the passengers on the plane to get them to their destination. The plane has been taken out of service for inspection, airline officials said.

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