CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- The NFTA says the Buffalo Niagara Airport's Fire and Rescue crews responded Wednesday to an alert at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

NFTA spokeswoman Helen Tederous said there was a report of smoke in the flight deck of United Airlines regional jet flight #3698. The jet was en route from Chicago to Montreal when it was forced to make a landing at the Cheektowaga airport.

Tederous said plane landed safely at about 4:22 p.m. She added there were about 50 passengers on board and three crew members.

The plane was taxied to a gate under its own power after landing, NFTA Police said. AARF and Aviation Division Units are investigating the incident.

Transit Police said at about 4:40 p.m. the alert was terminated.