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Flight Lands Due To Fire Scare In Philadelphia, Details

A flight was forced to land shortly after takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday due to what was believed to be smoke on the plane, according to NBC News.

By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars on Dec 23, 2012 07:05 AM EST
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A flight was forced to land shortly after takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday due to what was believed to be smoke on the plane, according to NBC News

Officials said the United Airlines airplane departed from the airport before 6 a.m. and was headed to Cleveland, however, at around 6:20 a.m., there was an indication of smoke on the plane. The plane was then forced to land as a precaution and the flight's 47 passengers, and crew, were taken back to the airport terminal. Passengers reportedly smelled smoke on the plane, which caused the emergency landing. 

No injuries have been reported and NBC noted that crews inspected the plane and said there was no smoke or fire on the plane. All of the flight's passengers will be accommodated by United Airlines and other runways at the airport faced minor delays early Saturday morning, but have since resumed to their schedules.

The incident comes one day after an American Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing after the left hand engine failed on flight. The airplane made the emergency landing on Friday, Dec. 21, about 25 minutes after departure with 139 passengers and seven crew members on board. No injuries were reported.

At least three times in October planes were forced to land because of smoke issues.

A Jet2 flight headed from Scotland to Spain was filled with smoke, forcing 189 passengers on board to evacuate before it took off, according to Travelers Today. At least 20 people were injured in the incident. Earlier, an American Airlines flight from Chicago to London had to make an emergency landing in Ireland after passengers reported smelling smoke. Inspectors found an overhead fan overheated.

The team plane for the Baltimore Orioles had its flight to the Tampa, Fla., diverted to Jacksonville also in October because of smoke in the plane's forward galley, according to USA Today.

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