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Mariners plane forced to land due to emergency

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm •  Published: April 3, 2014
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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — A Qantas Airbus A330 jet with players from A-League side the Central Coast Mariners among its 253 passengers made an emergency landing at Adelaide airport Friday after a warning light indicated smoke in the cargo area.

Initial indications were that the warning light was a false alarm.

The Mariners were en route to Perth from Sydney for their Saturday night match against the Glory. In second place with two rounds to play, the Mariners are among four teams separated by just two points.

A second-place finish would give Central Coast a first-round playoff bye and an Asian Champions League berth next year.

The club said on its official Twitter feed, "Everyone is safe & sound ... a slight detour as we go for Glory."