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Flight from MSP lands in Michigan with smoke in cockpit, evacuated

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Delta Flight 752 from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport landed as scheduled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday night – but 151 passengers were promptly evacuated because the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, the Grand Rapids Press reports.

The plane landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, fire crews responded, and all the passengers were evacuated within 10 minutes, officials report. No one was injured.

Delta officials were investigating the cause of the smoke.

It's rare but not unheard of for commercial flight pilots to report smoke in the cockpit. A report this year from the Britain-based Royal Aeronautical Society reported that data from recent years indicate the probability of passengers experiencing an "in-flight smoke event" is greater than one in 10,000.

The Washington Post reported in 2006 that a review of FAA statistics showed that smoke in the cockpit of a commercial flight happens at least once a day in the U.S.

In April, a pilot on Delta Flight 143 from Detroit to Minneapolis reported smoke in the cockpit during the flight, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

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