Dallas Stars plane makes emergency landing due to smoke in cockpit

Josh Cooper
Dallas Stars plane photo tweeted by Brittany Ludwig of KSDK News.
Dallas Stars plane photo tweeted by Brittany Ludwig of KSDK News.

The Dallas Stars team plane had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis Downtown Airport because smoke was detected in the cockpit shortly after takeoff, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

The Stars’ Boeing 737 plane took off at 11:52 a.m. local time in St. Louis en-route for Los Angeles where Dallas will play the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. According to the News-Democrat, less than five minutes into the flight, the plane had to turn around in order to land.

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There were 50 passengers on the plane and nobody was hurt. A team spokesman described the problem as an “electrical” issue. The News-Democrat reported that there was no fire on the plane.

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The Stars said that lunch was brought the to players in the airport as they waited over three-and-a-half hours for a new plane. The team is currently on its way to Los Angeles. The Stars were in St. Louis because of a game at the Blues on Sunday.

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