E-Cigarette Sparks Fire on Amercian Airlines Flight From D/FW Airport

An American Airlines flight departing Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for Indianapolis was forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas Thursday after a passenger's electronic cigarette "malfunctioned" and started a small fire, officials confirm.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said none of the 137 passengers or five crew members were injured, adding that crew members quickly extinguished the fire.

The flight made the emergency landing Thursday afternoon at Little Rock's Clinton National Airport.

Feinstein said a replacement plane was sent to Little Rock and all passengers arrived in Indianapolis later Thursday. He said the original plane was inspected in Dallas and no damage was discovered.

Under Federal Aviation Administration rules, e-cigarettes are prohibited in checked luggage but allowed in carry-on bags. They may not be used on board the plane.

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