Baltimore Orioles charter plane makes emergency landing at Jacksonville International Airport

Published On: Sep 30 2012 10:57:33 PM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball the second half of the season.

Things got even hotter Sunday evening when the team's charter flight to Tampa was forced to make an emergency landing at the Jacksonville International Airport because of a reported fire on board.

“They came on and told us we needed to make an emergency landing, and then we were nearly free-falling for a few minutes as they raced to get us on the ground as fast as possible,” Ned Rice, who is with the baseball operations department of the Orioles, posted on his Facebook page.

Channel 4 Sports Director Sam Kouvaris confirmed the fire was in an oven in the plane's kitchen area and was not mechanical.

The Orioles were headed to Tampa from Baltimore for the final series of the season.

Baltimore is currently tied with the New York Yankees

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