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SINT MAARTEN SCARE! Dutch Plane With 53 People Aboard Forced To Return To Airport After Engine Trouble

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PHILIPSBURG — A twin-engine Dutch airline was forced to turn around one hour into its flight from Sint Maarten to Curacao on Monday after engine problems were detected by the crew.

The flight on an InselAir Fokker 50 was carrying 53 people on board when the flight crew determined about a half hour into the two-hour flight that the left engine on the plane should be disabled.

The aircraft — about 115 miles away from Philipsburg — safely returned to Sint Maarten about one hour after departure.

Dutch authorities say that the aircraft is being examined for the cause of the redirection.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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