The Baltimore Orioles experienced a scary few moments on Sunday night when a small fire on the team’s plane forced an emergency landing.
Smoke began to pour into the plane’s cabin from the kitchen area, which forced the plane’s pilot to find a safe landing zone.
According to The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina, nobody was injured, and the flight was already preparing to finish its flight to Tampa Bay shortly after the landing. The Orioles were on their way to begin a season-ending, three-game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
After a quick inspection of the kitchen area, the team was allowed to board the plane, a process that took only 15 minutes.
Orioles spokesman Ned Rice posted the following Facebook message about the emergency landing:
“Small fire on our team flight to Tampa Bay. 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!”
The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first playoff berth this season since 1997. Before the scary moment, the Orioles were on a roll after winning their fourth straight game on Sunday to remain in a first place time with the New York Yankees atop the American League East.