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Engine of plane traveling from Beijing to Detroit catches fire; no injuries reported

The falmes are blamed on a compressor stall in the engine

BEIJING – A Delta flight 188 from Beijing to Detroit was forced to turn back Friday after flames shot out of one of the plane’s engines.

A spokesperson for Delta said a compressor stalled in the engine while the plane was climbing.

According to Delta, the flight returned to Beijing as a precaution. No injuries or additional incidents were reported.

"Honestly, on the plane we didn't know," said Michelle Gaydos, a passenger on the plane. "We heard a loud bang, so we knew something wasn't right. I really give the crew a lot of credit. They stayed calm and therefore we did as well."

Passengers were given food and hotel accommodations, and were put on a new flight that is expected to arrive in Detroit Saturday night.


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