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Kathy Griffin: Up in Smoke

12/1/2006 4:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kathy GriffinComedian Kathy Griffin's chartered plane was 20 minutes out of Burbank Airport on Wednesday when the cabin filled with smoke. In a statement on Kathy's official website, rumors of a crash were quashed.

Shortly after takeoff in unusually cold weather for California, the plane encountered extreme turbulance, sparking engine trouble for the funnywoman. The plane was en route to Stockton, CA, where Kathy was set to perform that night.

Fortunately, pilots saved the day by successfully landing the troubled craft back at Burbank. Kathy's show in Stockton has been rescheduled for Dec. 8.

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