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Fire diverts Orioles' plane; no one hurt

The airplane taking the Baltimore Orioles to the Tampa area last night had its flight diverted to Jacksonville because of smoke in a forward galley.

Michael Stewart, spokesman for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, said the plane was inspected and deemed OK to fly. The Orioles resumed their trip on the same aircraft, leaving Jacksonville International Airport at 10:15 p.m.

Stewart said the plane was a Delta charter with more than 90 people aboard.

Orioles spokeswoman Monica Barlow said the emergency landing ""was done with an abundance of caution, and at no time was anyone on the flight in danger."

After the team touched down in Tampa, manager Buck Showalter said during a telephone conference call, "We had a little something heat up on the plane, and the professionals didn't like what was going on. So just to check it out and be on the safe side, we stopped in Jacksonville. We fixed whatever the problem was, got back on the plane and took off. It gave everyone a chance to watch some of the Eagles [football] game, so it worked out good." -- AP


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