NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An Envoy Air flight from Tennessee was evacuated on the runway at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Flight 3340 on Envoy Air — formerly known as American Eagle — had just taken off and was bound for Knoxville, Tenn. when the plane’s pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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The plane turned around and made an emergency landing at 3:20 p.m., briefly closing a runway.

The plane’s 44 passengers and 3 crew were evacuated on the runway. Emergency chutes were not deployed.

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Evacuated passengers were taken to the terminal on buses.

The plane was towed away and the runway reopened.

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