Stars' team plane turns back due to smoke in cockpit

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A plane carrying the NHL's Dallas Stars was forced to return to a St Louis-area airport when smoke filtered into its cockpit shortly after takeoff on Sunday.

The flight, headed for Los Angeles - where the Stars play the Kings on Monday - turned around within five minutes, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

The plane was carrying 50 passengers, including players and the team's staff.

Mike Mavrogeorge, fire chief at the airport, told the News-Democrat the smoke could have been due to an electrical malfunction. There was no fire on board, he said.

The Stars played the Blues in St Louis on Saturday.

Stars spokesperson Ben Fromstein said no one from the team noticed the smoke from their cabin.

"Everybody is safe and that's all that matters," he said.

The team boarded a backup plane and departed to Los Angeles International Airport without further issue.