The Stars' Boeing 737 took off at 11:52 a.m. Central Time
(5:52 PM GMT) from St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia,
But about five minutes later, the pilots turned the plane around
and made the abrupt landing because of the smoke.
St. Louis Downtown Airport fire chief Mike Mavrogeorge told
reporters that the smoke might have been caused by an electrical
issue. He said there was not a fire.
The plane was carrying 50 passengers consisting of players,
coaches and other team staff members.
The Stars confirmed the incident with a comment on their Twitter
"After an emergency landing after takeoff due to an electrical
issue, the team has boarded a new plane and is currently
traveling to LA."
Another plane was sent to transport the Stars, who face the Los
Angeles Kings on Monday in Los Angeles.
The Stars played the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, falling
(Editing by Andrew Both)
[© 2017 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2017 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.