Fire crews rushed to Tauranga Airport last night after a reports that smoke had filled the cockpit of a plane mid-flight.

The cock-pit of a five-seater plane, which was carrying passengers, had to be isolated after the heater malfunctioned and smoked out the front of the plane.

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Mount Maunganui fire station officer Roger Pickett said the smoke had dissipated when the plane landed at Tauranga Airport about 6.30pm.

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