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American Airlines flight diverted to Vegas over smoke

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American Airlines flight bound for San Francisco with 166 people on board made an emergency landing in Las Vegas on Friday after the crew smelled smoke in the cockpit, a Federal Aviation spokesman said.

American Airlines Flight 431, carrying 159 passengers and seven crew members, was headed to San Francisco from Miami when it was diverted to Las Vegas, American Airlines spokesman Ed Martell said.

"The pilots noted a whiff of smoke in the cockpit and procedure says anything like that you put the plane down as quickly and safely as you can," Martell said.

Martell said the Boeing 757 landed without incident at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, where passengers were being accommodated on other flights.

The plane was taken out of service while the airline determined what caused the smoke.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which initially listed the incident as Flight 131 and the jet as a Boeing 737, said the agency would work with American Airlines to determine the cause of the smoke.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman; Editing by Jerry Norton)