A JetBlue flight en route to the Dominican Republic was diverted to Bermuda yesterday evening as a result of mechanical issues.

A spokeswoman said: “The aircraft landed at 5:50pm and the pilot reported there was a strong electrical smell in the cockpit. The plane was an Air Bus A320 from New York heading to Punta Cana with 152 passengers on board.”

A Skyport Airport Duty Officer said: “Once the aircraft landed, it was inspected by the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS), who were also briefed by the pilot and JetBlue agents and mechanics.”

The spokeswoman added: “The passengers onboard deplaned at 6:19pm and were escorted to the US Departures area while the aircraft was being further assessed. Menzies Aviation mechanics, as the authorized service provider for JetBlue, were able to resolve the identified mechanical issue and the aircraft was serviced for departure.”

A new crew was flown in from New York and the aircraft, flight B6369, departed for Punta Cana at 11:47pm without further incident.

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