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updated 4/21/2011 7:32:02 PM ET 2011-04-21T23:32:02

A dead scorpion was found on a US Airways flight on Thursday just as the plane was pulling away from a gate at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NBC News has learned.

Passengers on Flight 1972, which originated in Houston, were moved to a different plane before taking off for Newark, N.J.

The jet is being fumigated at the airport and will be put back into service as soon as possible. 

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