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Plane forced to return to airport after engine fire

NANAIMO, British Columbia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A fire broke out in one of the engines of an Air Canada Express flight from Nanaimo to Vancouver, forcing the plane to turn around, officials said.

The incident happened Thursday on flight AC8258, which had departed at 7:20 a.m., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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"All of a sudden on the right side there was a giant flash and some other people on that side of the plane saw fire and the engine just completely gave out," said passenger Trevor Fisher.

Air Canada released a statement saying the fire in the propeller engine was caused by an oil issue.

"Shortly after takeoff from Nanaimo, the crew received an indication of an engine oil issue and subsequently observed flames near one of the engines. The flight crew followed normal procedures by releasing fire retardant into the engine nacelle and successfully extinguished the flames."

The plane landed safely in Nanaimo. No injuries were reported.

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