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Jumbo Jet with 356 Aboard Makes Emergency Landing

August 21, 1986

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ One engine of an SAS airline Boeing 747 bound for New York caught fire shortly after takeoff from Copenhagen late Wednesday, but the plane made an emergency landing on its remaining three engines, police said.

No one was injured, authorities said.

Flight SK911 of the Scandinavian Airlines System, carrying 337 passengers and a crew of 19, took off from Kastrup international airport about 10:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EDT), but engine number three caught fire about a half-hour later, according to police who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Crew members extinguished the fire, but as a precaution they dumped about 100 tons of jet fuel into the Oeresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden in preparation for the landing.

The airliner returned safely to the Copenhagen airport shortly before 12:30 a.m., (6:30 p.m. EDT), police said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Flight SK911 had been scheduled to leave Copenhagen at 6:30 a.m., but was delayed 12 hours for technical work, officials said. The airline said the work had nothing to do with the engine fire.

SAS stands for Scandinavian Airlines System, a cooperative effort of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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