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Plane Returns to Airport After Fire Caused by Muffins

May 13, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ A USAir flight carrying 50 people returned to the airport shortly after takeoff Sunday because of smoke from corn muffins smoldering in the Boeing 727′s kitchen, police said.

The pilot of Flight 1402 bound for Pittsburgh notified air traffic controllers at 7:47 a.m., 18 minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, that there was a fire in the kitchen, said Port Authority Police Sgt. Stephen Prospero.

The pilot, who was not identified, was told to return to LaGuardia, where emergency vehicles were awaited the landing 20 minutes later. As he landed, the pilot told controllers the fire was out.

The smoke apparently was caused by corn muffins that had been left in the oven, said Port Authority Police Sgt. Dominick Evangelista.

After an emergency crew member inspected the area where the muffins were, the plane taxied to the gate and passengers left normally.

The plane later left for Pittsburgh.

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