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Dallas Stars’ plane forced to make emergency landing because of smoke in cockpit

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DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 04: John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal against the Montreal Canadiens at American Airlines Center on January 4, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The Dallas Stars left St. Louis on Sunday morning, but their plane was forced to return after takeoff because of smoke in the cockpit.

The plane took off for Los Angeles at 11:52 a.m. local time, but the flight lasted just five minutes before they returned to St. Louis Downtown Airport.

Here’s an excerpt from the story in the Bellevue News-Democrat:

St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department Chief Mike Mavrogeorge said the smoke might have been caused by an electrical issue, but that there was no fire. The fire department shut off electricity to the plane. Maintenance crews were inspecting the plane while another was on the way to take the Stars to Los Angeles in time for Monday’s game.

The team tucked into a lunch they were supposed to eat on the plane while they waited in the Jet Aviation terminal. Stars spokesman Ben Fromstein said the team didn’t notice any smoke in the cabin. “Everybody is safe and that’s all that matters,” he said.

The Stars took to their Twitter account to inform everyone that they were all safe. The team is now headed to Los Angeles on another plane.