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By Michael Hasch
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

No one was injured this afternoon when a fighter jet that departed from the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon reported a possible engine fire and made an emergency landing at Pittsburgh International Airport, a spokesman said.

There was no fire, no injuries and no effect on commercial traffic at the airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority spokesman Jeff Martinelli said.

The F-18 reported at 3:37 p.m. that it had a problem and made an emergency landing a "very short time later," Martinelli said. The jet landed safely and was towed to a taxiway, Martinelli said.

Preliminary indications are that the problem was actually a fuel leak, Martinelli said.

A 911th representative could not be immediately reached for comment.

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