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Brazil-bound jet makes emergency landing

Associated Press / July 26, 2011

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GRAPEVINE, Texas - The Federal Aviation Administration said yesterday that an engine fire aboard an American Airlines jet prompted it to make an emergency landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said airport firefighters reported extinguishing a fire in the right engine of the Boeing 777 after it landed Sunday night. The crew of Flight 963 to Sao Paolo returned to Dallas-Fort Worth because the plane was experiencing engine problems.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said earlier yesterday that a warning light indicated there was an engine fire but that an examination determined there was none. He later said the airline is investigating the matter.

All 246 passengers were redirected to other flights.

In a separate incident yesterday, a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Belize was searched by a police bomb squad at Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport after the pilot reported suspicious activity by a passenger and “the possibility of a bomb threat.’’

Delta Airlines said in a statement that a passenger was removed from the flight and questioned by local law enforcement authorities. The plane was met upon arrival by police and soldiers, and the police bomb squad went through the plane with search dogs, but nothing suspicious was found.

The other passengers aboard Delta Flight 4345 were taken to an airport lounge after the plane landed at the airport, which is just outside Belize City, the Caribbean country’s largest city.

Delta did not say what the passenger did or said to arouse suspicion. The pilot reported the behavior to controllers about six minutes before the plane landed.

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