Delta flight makes unscheduled landing in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Federal officials say a Delta Air Lines flight made an unplanned landing
in Montgomery, Ala. because the crew said they smelled smoke in the
cockpit area.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen
Bergen says a Boeing 757 was flying from Cancun, Mexico, to Atlanta
when the crew reported the odor Sunday afternoon.

Delta Air Lines
spokesman Russell Cason says a fluorescent bulb ballast burned out and
caused the smell. It wasn't immediately clear if the piece of equipment
was inside the cockpit area.

Cason says 184 passengers and six
crew members deplaned at the Montgomery Regional Airport. A replacement
aircraft was being sent to bring passengers and crew members to Atlanta.