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JetBlue flight from Charlotte to NY makes emergency landing in Raleigh

A JetBlue Airways flight from Charlotte to New York made a safe emergency landing Thursday in Raleigh after what a passenger said was a hydraulic leak.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport confirmed that JetBlue flight 218 declared an emergency and diverted to Raleigh, landing safely just after 1 p.m. The Embraer 190 jet had 98 people aboard, spokesman Patrick Glace said.

Fire trucks lined the runway as the plane landed, Glace said, following protocol in such cases.

JetBlue, in a brief statement, said the flight diverted to Raleigh “out of an abundance of caution following a reported maintenance concern.”

The flight tracking site FlightAware shows the flight leaving Charlotte’s airport just after noon, bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. After being diverted to Raleigh, it was rescheduled to continue to JFK at 2:10 p.m, the site states, with an expected landing at 3:12 p.m.

Former Observer freelance reporter Dave Vieser, who is aboard the flight, said by email that the plane had been delayed for two hours in Charlotte. A pilot told passengers that the captain had found what appeared to be a hydraulic fuel leak, Vieser said.

After repairs and takeoff, Vieser said, signs of leaking again appeared and the plane headed to Raleigh.

The plane was finally expected to arrive in New York at 10:24 p.m., Vieser told the Observer in an email said later Thursday.

Staff Writer Joe Marusak contributed.

This article has been amended to correct the flight number of the JetBlue aircraft.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051; @bhender
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