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Leonardo DiCaprio avoids plane disaster, was on Delta flight that made emergency landing

11/22/2010 by Corinne Heller

Leonardo DiCaprio was among the passengers of a Delta Air Lines plane that was bound for Russia and was forced to make an emergency landing in New York on Sunday, his spokesperson says.

The 36-year-old star of films such as "Titanic" and "Inception" was set to attend the Tiger Summit, a meeting of world leaders that deals with tiger extinction and is headed by Russian president Vladmir Putin, in the city of St. Petersburg.

DiCaprio "wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing," his spokesperson said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com.

The Boeing 767 airplane, which had carried about 200 people on board, had been forced to turn around and land at New York's JFK International Airport after one of its engines shut down. There were no reports of injuries. Delta has not yet determined the cause of the accident. A source close to DiCaprio said the actor signed autographs for members of the crew and passengers after the plane landed safely back at JFK.

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