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Erroneous Fire Reports Force 2 Planes Back To Logan

Two planes departing from Logan Airport early Thursday were forced to turn back because of erroneous reports of fires.

Logan spokesman Phil Orlandella said no fires were found on either plane after being evacuated and checked by fire and rescue personnel.

Delta Airlines Flight 1373, which was bound for New York City with 79 on board, and American Airlines Flight 1875, which was headed to Chicago with 160 on board, returned back to the Logan gates.

Orlandella said there was a smoke-like smell noticed by the Delta pilot in the cockpit of his plane. American Airlines said a similar smell was reported on its plane.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said since firefighters were not able to locate a heat source on board, a possible theory is that a fire on the ground wafted up to those on the plane.

Black said the Delta flight is scheduled to take off for La Guardia Airport at 1 p.m. There is no word yet on the American flight.

This program aired on May 27, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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