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Fire forces O's plane to make emergency landing

Hours before the Orioles got some great news on Sunday, they got a scare.

The team's charter was forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday night because of smoke on the plane, interrupting the planned trip from Baltimore to Tampa Bay. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Smoke was in the kitchen area, and the plane was evaluated in Jacksonville. The team was able to take off again and there were no reported injuries

"Due to a minor incident in the galley the orioles charter made an unscheduled landing in Jacksonville, Fla., en route to St. Petersburg tonight," the club said in a statement. "After the plane was inspected, all crew and passengers reboarded and flew to St. Petersburg without further incident. This unscheduled landing was done with an abundance of caution and at no time was anyone in the flight in danger."

The incident occurred in the midst of a fantastic on-field run by the O's, who wrap up the season with a three-game series against Tampa Bay. Baltimore clinched its first postseason berth since 1997 when Texas beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a doubleheader.

The Yankees and the Orioles are tied for first place in the American League East at 92-67.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich.
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