A Cessna Citation business jet headed to Canada with six people aboard landed safely at Palm Springs International Airport after some smoke was detected in the cabin, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Tuesday.
The plane, registered in Canada, departed from Palm Springs International Airport for Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 10:55 a.m., but the pilot radioed back to report smoke in the cockpit, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
The plane circled around the Thermal area to burn off some fuel before the emergency landing.
"Generally when the plane is lighter it puts less strain on the landing gear," Gregor said.
He said it was later learned that the smoke was only in the cabin, but the cause of the smoke was under investigation.