JetBlue flight to NYC diverted due to 'strange smell'

A JetBlue flight from Owens Roberts International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York had to be diverted and made an unexpected landing Monday evening after pilots reported a strange smell in the cockpit, according to the airline. 

The 1:46 p.m. flight out of Grand Cayman landed safely in Charleston, South Carolina, just before 5 p.m. U.S. east coast time. Passengers from JetBlue Flight 766 took off again for JFK Airport on a different airplane at 10:37 p.m., according to Charleston International Airport spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells. 

She said JetBlue ordered pizzas to feed the passengers waiting in the international terminal while the airline brought in another plane. A JetBlue spokeswoman said there were 137 people on board. 

Ms. Gunnells said air traffic control told airport operations in Charleston at 4:45 p.m. that the pilot had asked to be diverted “so the plane could be checked out.” The Airbus A320 touched down 11 minutes later. 

JetBlue’s Sharon Jones said passengers went through customs and border control in Charleston before boarding the new plane for New York.