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Fire aboard Orioles’ plane results in emergency landing

Sep 30, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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A scary story after another big win for the Orioles. The team charter experienced a small fire on the flight to St. Pete tonight and was forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the team is currently at the Jacksonville airport while the plane is being inspected.

No word yet on how the fire originated, what with Kevin Gregg having been released, but one assumes Jim Johnson put it out.

The Orioles are traveling to St. Petersburg to face the Rays in a three-game series beginning Monday. At 92-67, Baltimore is tied with the Yankees atop the AL East.

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Update: Incredibly enough, the Orioles’ official Twitter account posted this during the game earlier this afternoon (hat tip to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan).

Update 2: The Orioles were able to get back into air after being grounded for about an hour. They learned during the second leg of their flight that they’d be going to the postseason, courtesy of the Rangers’ win over the Angels.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Shadows of a sail are forming, winds both foul and fair are spawned – ahhhhh, I foresee a minor league style bus trip to St. Petersburgh in the Gloryholes’ near future….

    • randomdigits - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Nope they just re-boarded the plane.

      • Old Gator - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:35 AM

        Got my crystal ball at a K-Mart closeout sale. That’ll teach me.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Scary stuff. Sounds like the fire wasn’t mechanical in nature. Was somebody lighting something on the plane?

  3. kevinleaptrot - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    They just resigned Steve Pearce. I’d look at him. He’s been blowing up stuff all year. Surprised that he’s still got a job this season.

    • randomdigits - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Good thinking but Pearce is waiting for them in Tampa, his wife gave birth recently and he didn’t fly up to Baltimore for the Boston series.

  4. flavadave10 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    I bet it was Keith Law.

  5. mybrunoblog - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    This changes everything now when we hear Dan Patrick say “The Orioles are en fungo”.

    • mybrunoblog - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Yeah I killed that one. I meant to say “en fuego”…. You get the picture….

      • paperlions - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        “en fungo” was better…at least it is funny and wasn’t boring and worn out over a decade ago.

      • stex52 - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        Sometimes autocorrect speaks with more wisdom than we can ourselves.

  6. Shafer's Dealer - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Mittens will get to the bottom of why you cannot roll airplane windows down in these types of situations.
    http://goo.gl/kxztZ

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      I saw that when he said it. What an incredibly ridiculous statement to make.

      He apparently doesn’t realize that all that wind would cause the caviar and stacks of thousand dollar bills to blow out and, god forbid, possibly end up in the hands of poor people.

  7. kiwicricket - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    The Yankees will stop at nothing!!

    • flavadave10 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Dang it Peter Gammons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. julieco302 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Reblogged this on julieco302 and commented:
    Still nothing on the cause?

    • ezthinking - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Go away.

  9. rcali - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    Those damn yankees!

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