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Orioles plane catches 'small' fire, has emergency landing

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The Batimore Orioles finished September a scorching hot 19-9 and that apparently carried over onto their airplane. Observe:

It actually sounds like it was a bit scary for a moment, judging from the Facebook post by Ned Rice, a member of the Orioles' baseball operations department.

"Small fire on our team flight to Tampa Bay," Rice posted (via MASNsports.com). "They came on and told us we needed to make an emergency landing, and then we were nearly free falling for a few minutes as they raced to get us on the ground as fast as possible. Currently enjoying the beautiful Jacksonville, FL airport while the fire department inspects our plane. Hope this trip is worth it!"

Nearly free falling? Yikes. The good news is initial reports all have stated that no Orioles players or personnel were harmed.

UPDATE: The Orioles have issued the following statement via press release:

"Due to a minor incident in the galley, the Orioles' charter made an unscheduled landing in Jacksonville, Florida en route to St. Petersburg tonight. 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 on the flight in danger."

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