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A Northwest flight carrying 250 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Billings on Wednesday afternoon after one of its two engines failed, officials said.

The Boeing 757 touched down without incident at Billings Logan International Airport about 4:45 p.m. after an equipment failure prompted pilots to shut down the plane's left engine, said Shane Ketterling, the airport's operations chief.

"It appears to be a mechanical failure due to wear and tear," Ketterling said. Mechanics from Northwest would be sent to fully evaluate the plane.

The flight originated in Minneapolis and was bound for Seattle, Ketterling said.

Northwest was expected to send another plane to the airport to pick up the passengers and complete the flight. The replacement flight was expected to arrive in Billings by 9:30 p.m., Ketterling said.

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