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Live band members in emergency landing

Three musicians on United Express flight with smoke reported in cabin
/ Source: The Associated Press

Three members of the rock band Live were aboard a United Airlines Express plane that made an emergency landing at O’Hare International Airport after reports of smoke in the plane’s cabin.

The flight from Chicago to Harrisburg, Pa., on Sunday afternoon was carrying 37 passengers and three crew members. The plane returned to O’Hare about 40 minutes after its 1 p.m. takeoff, said United spokesman Jeff Green. It landed safely, and there were no reports of injuries, he said.

Passengers who arrived at Harrisburg International Airport said they were not told the nature of the problem that forced the landing.

“No one knew anything,” Chad Taylor, Live’s lead guitarist, told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg.

Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, rhythm guitarist Adam Kowalczyk, assistant manager Matt Gracey and road crew member Shawn Williams were returning to Pennsylvania after a show Saturday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The band, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with the 1994 release “Throwing Copper,” had finished a nine-date tour of Canada, opening for Nickelback.