Marshall players Removed From Plane After Engine Smokes

There were anxious moments for Marshall University's football team Friday morning. Emergency officials in West Virginia say players were rmoved from the plane after smoke was reported in an engine.

About 200 people, including players, coaches and media, were on board the plane as it was preparing to take off from Tri-State Airport at 11 a-m. No one was hurt.

Passengers calmly left the plane and walked into the terminal. The plane's departure was delayed for more than an hour.

The incident comes just four days before the 36th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash that killed 75 people on their way home from a game at East Carolina. Many of the victims were members of the football team.

Marshall sports information director Randy Burnside says it was a mechanical problem and, in his words, "a minor thing."

The plane safely touched down in Eastern Carolina Friday afternoon.


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