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(CNN) — An American Airlines flight from Chicago to London made an unscheduled landing Tuesday at Shannon Airport in Ireland after a passenger reported a smoky odor, an airline spokesman said.

American Airlines Flight 98, carrying 246 passengers and 14 crew members, was diverted as a precaution, airline spokesman Ian Bradley told CNN.

An inspection revealed that the odor was coming from an overhead fan that had overheated, he said.

Niall Maloney, head of operations for Shannon Airport, said such technical diversions are not uncommon.

The incident is the latest in a series involving American Airlines aircraft, including the discovery of loose seats on two jetliners that prompted an inspection of eight Boeing planes in its fleet.

A Boeing 757 from Boston to Miami carrying 175 passengers diverted to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Saturday when three seats in row 12 came loose shortly after takeoff. A second American Boeing 757 returned to JFK on Monday morning after a similar seat issue was discovered.

The airline has also been beset by labor troubles, delays and flight cancellations.

American, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year, persuaded a judge to throw out its contract with the pilots union last month.

Since then, the pilots have been engaging in what the airline calls a slowdown that has caused the number of flights that are delayed and canceled to skyrocket.

More than 1,000 American flights have been canceled and 12,000 delayed in the past month alone.

Airline management has blamed the situation on pilots filing what it claims are frivolous reports about aircraft problems. The pilots’ union has denied management’s assertion.

CNN’s Stephanie Halasz and Saskya Vandoorne contributed to this report.