Atlanta-bound Delta Airlines jet returns to Jamaica shortly after takeoff because of leak

Delta Airlines is reporting that an Atlanta-bound flight had to return to Jamaica shortly after takeoff because of an apparent mechanical problem.

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant says the MD-88 experienced a pneumatic fluid leak but gave no further details on the problem.

Jamaica Fire Brigade spokesman Emilio Ebanks told RJR News in Jamaica that the plane was airborne when smoke was seen coming from it. Durrant says there was no fire.

The jet landed safely Monday in Kingston with 149 passengers and a crew of five. Delta planned to re-route a new aircraft to Jamaica for the flight to Atlanta.