Marshall Plane Lands Safely

By: By: Michael Wooten / WSAZ NewsChannel 3
By: By: Michael Wooten / WSAZ NewsChannel 3
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The chartered jet carrying Marshall University football players, coaches, supporters and media representatives landed safely Friday at its destination in North Carolina for today's game against East Carolina.

Around 11:55 a.m. Friday, everyone was evacuated from the plane due to engine problems.

They started re-boarding shortly after 1 p.m.

Crews checked the engine, gave the all clear, and the plane took off just before 1:30 p.m.

There were initial reports that the plane's engine had caught fire, but WSAZ Photojournalist Brad Myers, who was on the plane, could not confirm that information. Myers says he did not see smoke or flames.

Officials with Wayne County 911 said there was some smoke in the engine before the plane was to leave Tri-State Airport.

Crews performed several tests on the plane's engine, and fire department officials gave the all clear.

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