A Continental Airlines flight carrying over 200 passengers bound for Greece was diverted to Logan International Airport Friday night after an odor of smoke was detected in the cabin, an airline spokesman said.
Continental spokesman Andrew J. Ferraro said the flight, which was bound for Athens, took off from Newark Liberty International Airport at about 6:30 p.m. and landed at Logan shortly before 8 p.m. He said the flight was diverted "in the best interest of everyone's safety."
Ferraro could not say whether a passenger or a crew member detected the odor. He also could not say what caused the odor or when it was detected.
Ferraro said a second aircraft for the passengers was en route to Logan from Newark Friday night. Passengers were scheduled to resume their trip in the new aircraft early Saturday morning, he said.
He said there were 220 passengers and 13 crew members on the diverted flight.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, said the flight captain had reported smoke in the cockpit. Ferraro said that account was incorrect.
Ferraro declined to say exactly what accommodations the airline would make for passengers last night but said "the customers are being taken care of in Boston."
Continental may offer food and beverage carts to passengers during delays, as well as hotel accommodations in some cases when delays exceed four hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to company documents posted online.
Globe correspondent Ursula Munn contributed to this report.
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