U.S. Marshals Prison Transport Plane Returns to OK Airport Because of Smoke

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Marshals Service prisoner transport plane taking off from Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport Tuesday morning and headed to various stops, had to return to Oklahoma after experiencing problems, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney told the Oklahoman that the MD-80 airplane returned after pilots noticed smoke in the cabin. There were no injuries.

Lynzey Donahue, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, told the ticklethewire.com that the plane had more than 100 people aboard, most of whom were prisoners. She said the plane planned to stop at multiple destinations, but never made it to the first stop because of the problem.

For security purposes, she said, the agency was not disclosing the destinations of the plane.

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