Entries in Emergency Landing (19)


Alaska Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Passes Out

ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Alaska Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Portland, Ore., Thursday night after the pilot lost consciousness.

The co-pilot on Flight 473 from Los Angeles to Seattle made the landing at Portland International Airport a little after 9 p.m. local time, according to Paul McElroy, a spokesman for Alaska Airlines.

McElroy said the pilot suffered from a medical condition, but declined to name specifics, citing company policy.

The Boeing 737-700 carrying 116 passengers and five crew members landed safely.  It is unclear whether the passengers were told of the pilot's condition.

A doctor on board tended to the pilot after he passed out as the co-pilot took control of the plane, McElroy said.

Portland Fire Department and other emergency workers met the plane at the gate, McElroy said.

The pilot was taken away in an ambulance and brought to a hospital, according to McElroy.  The airline has not identified the pilot but said he has been flying with Alaska Airlines for 28 years.  The first officer has been flying for Alaska Airlines for 11 years.

A flight crew was flown in and the remaining passengers continued to Seattle on the same plane overnight.

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Ann Romney's Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing

ABC News(DENVER) -- Ann Romney’s plane made an emergency landing Friday in Colorado after smoke filled the cabin because of an apparent electrical fire.

Romney, wife of the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, was not harmed in the incident, spokeswoman Sarah Haley said.

Haley tweeted following the incident, “Don’t need any caffeine to wake me up now! #adventure.”

“A HUGE thank you to the crew and first responders for keeping us safe today!” she wrote.

The flight was heading from Omaha, Neb., where Mrs. Romney had attended fundraisers Friday afternoon, to Santa Monica, Calif.

In a recorded conversation between the plane and Denver International Airport’s flight tower, a man’s voice could be heard saying, “We have an electrical issue here and we’re going to declare an emergency.”

“We’ll probably need assistance here,” he said. “We got smoke in the cabin.”

Haley said the plane, a Canadair Challenger 600 regional jet, was surrounded by fire trucks when it landed at the Denver International Airport.

No media travels with Ann Romney on her flights, but she was accompanied by four staffers, including Haley, two U.S. Secret Service agents, and three crew members.

Romney and the other passengers were instructed to put their seat belts on during the emergency landing.

The FAA said in a statement said that a Canadair regional jet charter flight operated by World Wide Jet diverted to Denver Friday at about 2:40 p.m. MDT after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

The aircraft landed safely on the runway and passengers exited the aircraft via stairs on a taxiway, according to the FAA.

The flight was at 40,000 feet when it turned around to make the emergency landing, according to Flight Aware.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted a photo from the scene, showing firefighters storming onto the plane after it landed.

Saul said that Mitt Romney spoke with his wife as soon as she was safely on the ground in Denver.

The Denver Fire Department, the Denver Police Department and Airport Operations responded to the call.

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Three Emergency Landings Put Spotlight on United Airline’s Fleet

United Continental Airlines(NEW YORK) -- United Airlines says it is conducting a thorough review Monday morning after three weekend incidents left hundreds of passengers stranded and some wondering whether the airline’s rocky merger with Continental has undermined its operations.

Since their merger two years ago, the new United has suffered a rash of bad publicity and now has the worst record in the industry for delays.

In June, the last month for which the government released data, United passengers filed nearly 600 complaints.  That’s five times higher than its nearest competitor and five times higher than before the merger.

“We’ve seen this huge spike in customer complaints,” ABC News aviation consultant Steve Ganyard said.  “Now that we’re seeing a rash of in-flight emergencies, the FAA is going to want to ask are they having the same problem integrating their maintenance.”

United Flight 96 heading from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport to Berlin was reportedly forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday when a tire burst and the debris was sucked into one of the plane’s engines.

Witnesses on the ground said they saw fire coming from the Boeing 757′s engine as they watched in suspense.  Cellphone video showed the plane circling for two hours and 15 minutes to burn off fuel before all 173 passengers and crew members landed safely back at Newark Airport.

“The crew followed standard procedures in returning to Newark, where the airplane landed safely,” United Airlines officials said in a statement Saturday.

Meanwhile, United Flight 409 had to return to Newark Sunday morning after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.  The Boeing 757 was bound for Seattle.  And United Flight 1124 bound for Boston had to return to Houston a few hours later because of engine problems.

“The question is, how well is maintenance being done on those airplanes?” Ganyard said. “Is it a coincidence or is there a greater underlying problem that needs to be investigated.”

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Smoke on American Eagle Flight Causes Dramatic Emergency Landing

File photo. American Airlines(BARTONVILLE, Ill.) -- An American Eagle flight bound for Chicago was diverted first because of bad weather. But as the plane was about to land, smoke began to fill the cabin, causing passengers to jump from the aircraft after it landed safely.

All 53 people and four crew members on board made it out safely, although American Airlines reported one passenger injured an ankle.

American Airlines Flight 3773 took off from Denver on Wednesday, but was diverted to Peoria International Airport because of bad weather.  As the plane approached for landing, smoke began pouring from the ceiling of the aircraft.

Many frightened passengers believed something was burning above in the plane's ceiling, but American Airlines released a statement overnight saying there was no fire on board and "we have concluded that the smoke came from a house fire near the Peoria airport ... not from the aircraft."

"Right as we are landing, we smelled burnt rubber," said passenger Rita Bentley after the emergency landing.  "And I was sitting next to two flight attendants and we all said, something must be burning."

Chris Pyle began shooting video of the smoke as it filled the cabin.  "All of a sudden smoke started coming out of the ceiling," he said.

Pyle said his thoughts turned to his children while other passengers prayed.

"It was eerily quiet on the plane. No one was screaming. Everyone was just very concerned about what was going on," he said.

After the plane landed, passengers were instructed by the flight crew to exit immediately via the emergency exits over the wings of the aircraft.  Not wasting any time, the captain stopped the plane shortly after landing, and that's when the passengers began exiting the plane and jumping onto the runway.

One passenger managed to take a cellphone video of the dramatic landing and upload it to YouTube.

"This is how we just got off this freaking plane," he said on the video.  "No joke."

"It was an experience," said Bentley. "I've always been an adventurous person, but I never thought I'd have that kind of adventure."

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Blind Passenger Causes Emergency Landing, 12-Hour Flight Delay

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- An unruly passenger aboard a Spirit Airlines red eye flight from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in Texas, which then led to an over 12-hour layover for approximately 100 on board.

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 from Los Angeles Xavier departed on time at 9:58 p.m. PT Saturday, with a scheduled landing at Hollywood International (FLL) at 6 a.m. Sunday.  However midway through the flight, a disruptive passenger forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, where the roughly 100 passengers would remain for most of the next day, ABC News affiliate KTRK reported.

The unruly passenger, an 81-year-old man who is blind, was kicking and screaming, those on board told ABC News' Ft. Lauderdale affiliate Local 10 News.

Passengers were reportedly kept in the plane on the tarmac for several hours before being allowed into the terminal.  The airline then told the waylaid passengers that they would now be shuttled by bus five hours north to Dallas, because Spirit does not operate a flight between Houston and Ft. Lauderdale.

Passengers then became irate, yelling and screaming at airline staff.

"It was terrible.  It was unreal.  It was painful," passenger Theresa Shaviano told Local 10.

Spirit Airlines eventually decided to fly the passengers in a different plane, and the flight arrived in South Florida about 8 p.m. Sunday -- 12 full hours after the scheduled arrival time.

The airline said time constraints with the crew prevented the original plane from taking off from Houston.

"We understand that this has been an inconvenience for our customers, but the safety of our customers is always the top priority.  All customers are being given full refunds for this inconvenience," the airline said in a statement.

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JetBlue Flight Forced into Emergency Landing in Las Vegas

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A mechanical problem on a JetBlue flight from Las Vegas to New York this weekend led to an emergency landing, grounding 135 rattled passengers.

JetBlue confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday that the captain of Flight 194 declared an emergency landing on Sunday because of a "mechanical indication" in the cockpit.  Officials at Las Vegas' McCarran Airport said the aircraft had hydraulic problems in the air and had to return to the airport.

One passenger said the plane started to lurch from side to side and bounce.

"I've never had that kind of hydroplaning feel," passenger Tom Mizer told ABC News Radio.

The movement frightened passengers, many of whom got sick.

"Everybody on the plane started to get really nervous.  People were starting to throw up," Mizer said.

"I don't think I've ever had that kind of sustained tension and fear in my life," he added.

A flight attendant reportedly walked down the aisle during the aborted flight, telling passengers to look at her smile to see that she was not scared.

Once it had landed, the aircraft had to be towed to the gate because the front wheels of the plane had become inoperable, according to officials at McCarran Airport.

"On Sunday, June 17, shortly after takeoff, the captain of Flight 194 from Las Vegas to New York's JFK declared an emergency due to the loss of yellow hydraulics.  The flight returned to McCarran Airport, where it landed safely at 7:37 p.m. local," JetBlue said in a statement.  "A replacement aircraft accommodated customers for a 10:13 p.m. local departure, arriving at JFK at 5:59 a.m. ET."

"JetBlue takes all incidences seriously, and the safety of our customers and crewmembers is our number one priority.  The actions the crew took in response to this event truly represent who we are and our core value -- safety," the statement read.

The flight was later scheduled to leave McCarran at 9:40 p.m., and landed in New York at 5:33 a.m. local time.

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Bird Strike: Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing

ABC News/WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- Delta Flight 1063 was forced to make an emergency landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after its right engine reportedly experienced a bird strike shortly after takeoff Thursday afternoon.

The flight, originally bound for Los Angeles, returned safely to JFK.

“On takeoff, the airplane had a likely bird strike,” said a Delta statement. “As a precaution, the captain elected to return to JFK. The flight landed without incident, and we’re working on reaccomodating the passengers.”

CNN’s Ali Velshi, who was on the flight, tweeted that following the bird strike the cabin filled with smoke. Velshi also commended the captain and crew for “a quick turnaround & landing.”

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Wisconsin Wife, 80, Lands Plane for Dying Pilot Husband

Door County Sheriff's Office/Crossroads at Big Creek/J. & H. Collins Learning Ce(STURGEON BAY, Wis.) -- A frail 80-year-old Wisconsin woman spent a harrowing 90 minutes on Monday learning how to handle a Cessna plane and then land it after her husband, who had been piloting the plane, collapsed while at the controls.

Helen Collins successfully landed the plane as it was running out of gas and an engine was sputtering.

She only sustained minor injuries after her bumpy landing Monday night at Sturgeon Bay.  Her husband John, 81, however, did not survive.

Helen Collins' son recounted the ordeal on Tuesday, punctuated with tears of grief for his father and chuckles of relief for his mom.

"I can't even tell her how to run a computer, let alone land a plane," Richard Collins, 55, told ABC News.  "It was a very trying time.  I thought I was going to lose them both."

John and Helen Collins were flying from Florida to Wisconsin on Monday.  John had not been feeling well on Thursday and the couple's son James Collins, also a pilot, wanted to meet them in Rome, Ga., where they were stopping, to fly the rest of the way.

"He wasn't right.  You could tell something was wrong.  He said he had a sore neck," Richard Collins told ABC News on Tuesday.  But John Collins said he would fly himself.

"He had called me on the phone and asked me where I was," Richard Collins said.  "I said I was at the airport waiting for him and he said he'd be there in 20 minutes.  The next thing I knew, I saw the plane fly over the airport."

About six miles from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., something had gone wrong.  Helen Collins had called an air control tower to say that "her husband, the pilot of the aircraft, was having some sort of medical emergency and was unresponsive in the aircraft," according to a Door County Sheriff's Office report.

She was going to have to land the plane.

Collins said his mother had flown in the past, even flying solo, but she had never flown the two-engine Cessna and she had not piloted in about 30 years.

Richard Collins worked with the Cherryland Airport to send out the family's other plane with a pilot to shadow his mother and help her land.  Another pilot was communicating with her from the ground.

"Robert [Vuksanovic, the pilot in the second plane] got in the air and was flying just off Helen's wing and was consulting her via radio," according to the report.  "The two aircrafts did several fly-by type maneuvers as practice runs."

In a 911 call, a Sturgeon Bay Federal Aviation Administration official told the operator about "a little bit of a situation up at the airport."

"There's a lady up in her airplane.  Her husband was the pilot and she thinks he's having a heart attack right now in the air," the FAA official said.  "She thinks he's not really able to fly the plane right now."

When the operator asked what kind of reinforcements to send, the official replied, "I think it would be a really good idea to send someone at least for the heart problem, and hopefully she doesn't crash the airplane."

"The sheriff said she was amazingly calm and alert and level-headed," Richard Collins said of his mother, who he described as "about as frail as frail can be" after having undergone two open-heart surgeries in the past several years.

Collins recalled his mother saying to everyone instructing her, "Don't you guys have faith in me?  I can do this."  But moments before landing, she said, "I don't think I can do this."

After circling for an hour-and-a-half, she was able to land the plane.

"She bounced pretty hard," Richard Collins said.  "When she bounced, the plane tilted forward and the landing gear broke."

Both Helen and John Collins were taken to the hospital where John Collins was pronounced dead.  His son believes he had a heart attack.  His mother has a crushed vertebra, but was expected to go home on Tuesday.

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Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Atlanta After Engine Failure

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A Delta Air Lines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Atlanta early Tuesday morning after running into problems with one of its engines.

Flight 1323, bound for Los Angeles, had to return to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport shortly after taking off because its left engine failed.

"About a minute after take off we could feel in the cabin one of the engines conked out because the power just sort of reared back on us," said ABC News producer Burt Rudman, a passenger on the red-eye flight.

Rudman added, "The captain just came out to talk to the passengers to say the left engine had failed right after take off.  And she was able to get the plane back on the ground safely."

Once the plane was safely grounded on the tarmac, the passengers on board were evacuated via emergency chutes.  Three passengers were injured, likely during the evacuation, according to Delta.

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Plane Carrying MLB Team Makes Emergency Landing in Los Angeles

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A charter flight carrying the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was forced to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday night.

The baseball team was returning from a three-game road trip in Kansas City and were on their way to John Wayne Airport in California's Orange County when hydraulic issues forced the plane to reroute.  The Boeing 737 with 51 people on board landed safely at LAX.  No injures were reported.

Angels pitcher Rich Thompson tweeted upon landing, "Glad to be on the ground safe, pilot did a he'll of a job bringing the bird down!"

Victor Rojas, the team's TV announcer, also took to Twitter, posting, "Believe it had something to do w hydraulic system & the possibility of having issues coming to a landing. Great job by crew."

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