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Red Wings jet falters

January 17, 2001

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— The Detroit Red Wings used a different plane Tuesday to fly to Canada hours after their chartered jet lost engine power and made an emergency landing in Sacramento.

None of the 46 passengers was injured Monday night during the unscheduled landing on the flight from San Jose to Vancouver, British Columbia.

The loss of power in an engine on the DC-9 prompted calls of a "major in-flight emergency."

The crew was able to restart the engine midair and the plane safely landed at Sacramento International Airport around 9:45 p.m. Monday, airport spokesman Gregg Weissenfluh said.

Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman downplayed the incident.

"We heard one engine stagger a little bit, but it wasn't as bad as the papers made it out to be," Bowman said. "They just said we were going to make a precautionary landing, but they had to announce an emergency landing just in case."

The team chartered another jet on Tuesday. The players arrived at their hotel in Vancouver at 2 p.m. The Red Wings' beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Monday.

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