Leonardo DiCaprio on flight that made emergency landing
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Leonardo DiCaprio was among the 193 passengers and 11 crew members on a Delta Air Lines 767 bound for Russia that safely made an emergency landing Sunday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
‘He wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing,’ his reps said in a statement.
‘Leo signed autographs for all the crew members when they landed,’ a source told UsMagazine.com. DiCaprio, whose ‘Great Gatsby’ costar Carey Mulligan was just cast in that film, was heading for a four-day meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the prevention of the extinction of tigers. The meeting began Sunday.
The plane had engine trouble shortly after takeoff, and returned to JFK after dumping and burning off fuel over the Atlantic Ocean. It landed without incident a little over an hour after its 6 p.m. departure. Though a possible fire was initially reported by an air-traffic controller, the incident was most likely a compressor stall, an FAA spokeswoman said.
Passengers were put onto a flight departing for Moscow later Sunday night.
Coincidentally, FirstShowing.net reported last week that DiCaprio would be starring in a film related to the assassination of President Kennedy, which happened 47 years ago Monday.
-- Christie D’Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this report.