A JetBlue commercial airline flight bound for St Lucia from New York was forced to make an emergency landing in Bermuda earlier today, due to mechanical issues.

A Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) spokeswoman said the flight diverted here when a detector light went off and smoke was noticed coming from the rear of the plane. There were 202 people on board at the time, and the aircraft landed safely at about 12:15pm.

“BFRS personnel dressed in breathing apparatus carried out a thorough search of the airbus compartment with thermal imaging equipment before turning the scene over to the airline representatives,” she said. No injuries were reported.

Passengers waited at the LF Wade International Airport while the aircraft was inspected. A Skyport Duty Officer also said no evidence of smoke or fire was detected.

The flight eventually left the island shortly after 2pm this afternoon bound for St Lucia.