Republic Airlines flight to Pittsburgh returned to Newark

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A Republic Airlines plane en route to Pittsburgh from Newark this morning returned to that New Jersey airport after reports of smoke inside the aircraft, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

It was not immediately clear how far Flight 4890 had traveled before the plane returned to land at the Newark Liberty International Airport about 11:10 a.m.

No injuries were reported, and the plane landed safety. Authorities said 27 passengers were evacuated via the plane's stairs.

A spokesman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could not confirm there was smoke on board, but said there were reports that the cargo smoke indicator light in the cockpit went off.

Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of United, operates the DeHavilland DH8 plane.

The runway was closed during the landing but reopened at 11:43 a.m.

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