March 22, 2014 in City

Fed Ex plane lands safely after fire reported in the cargo hold

By The Spokesman-Review

A Fed Ex DC-10 that took off from the Spokane International Airport Friday evening en route to Memphis, Tenn., turned back over Idaho when an alarm alerted the crew to a possible fire in the aft cargo hold.

The plane landed safely in Spokane shortly after 8 p.m. and the three crew members were unharmed. Spokane International Airport firefighters responded along with crews from the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 10.

No signs of heat or fire were detected in the plane by thermal imaging cameras, according to a news release from Spokane Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Moline. The plane’s alarm may have activated due to a problem in the auxiliary power unit, Moline said. The incident is still under investigation.

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