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Bathroom fire forces flight to make emergency landing at Fargo airport; FBI investigating

FARGO, N.D. -- The FBI is investigating the cause of a bathroom fire that forced a Compass Airlines jet to make an emergency landing Wednesday at Fargo's Hector International Airport.

None of the 69 passengers aboard the 76-seat jet was injured when it landed at 10:44 p.m. without incident, Northwest Airlines spokesman Paul Skrbec said.

Compass Airlines is a subsidiary of Northwest.

The airplane, an Embraer 175, had been headed from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Regina, Saskatchewan.

Passengers were held in Hector Airport's departure lounge and interviewed by the FBI and Fargo police, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the airport.

After being interviewed, passengers were allowed to reclaim their luggage. Some stayed at the airport, while others went to hotels or restaurants and were provided shuttle service back to the airport, Dobberstein said.

Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.