Published: Feb 21, 2011 10:57 PM EST
Updated: Feb 21, 2011 7:58 PM EST

COLONIE, N.Y.- A Continental Connection flight headed for Newark, N.J., has returned to New York's Albany International Airport shortly after takeoff because the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

Airport spokesman Doug Myers says maintenance crews believe the smoke was de-icing fluid vapor and the condition cleared quickly after the pilots turned off the windshield heater.

The twin-engine turboprop carrying 78 passengers had been de-iced before taking off at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The pilots reported the situation under control before they landed. Mechanics were checking out the plane. The flight is operated for Continental by Colgan Air.

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