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Jet Engine Fire Forces Landing, Evacuation

Fire crews at Lambert Airport extinguish an engine fire that started after an American Airlines MD-80 took off today from St. Louis for Chicago.

No one was hurt, and all 137 passengers, two pilots, and three flight attendants left the plane safely after it turned back to Lambert and landed.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines says its flight 1400 took off from St. Louis at 1:03 p.m. headed to Chicago.

After takeoff, the plane had a left hand engine fire and returned to St. Louis, landing at 1:40 p.m.

Fire crews at Lambert met the plane and used fire-suppressing foam to put out the fire.

Everyone got out safely and walked into the terminal.

American Airlines says its maintenance will look at the aircraft and try to determine a cause for the fire.

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