Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 17, 2013

Airplane makes emergency landing in Indianapolis

By Steven Penn steven.penn@flyergroup.com
Westside Flyer

---- — A passenger plane carrying 142 people made an emergency landing at Indianapolis International Airport shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

The plane was headed to Dallas, Texas.

Carlo Bertolini, director of marketing and public relations for the airport, said American Airlines flight 2217 requested the landing due to engine trouble.

“The report came in that there was a mechanical problem with one of the engines, but as far as what the official diagnostic-wise (reason) was, I don’t know that,” he said. “That’s what the report said and the reason for the request for the emergency landing was.”

He added that there was also a fuel leak, which caused the passengers to be bused back to the terminal.

“Typically, they’re able to just (take) the aircraft back to the gate after a situation like this,” Bertolini said. “With the cleanup that was required, that was the only slightly different event that the passengers were bused in. That’s something we’re prepared to do. It didn’t really cause a major delay for the passengers.”

According to the website www.flightstats.com, the plane was delayed for a little over five hours.

Bertolini said there were no injuries and that the passengers were able to continue on their flight.

“It did re-depart (but) it had a lengthy delay,” Bertolini said. “Whether or not it was the same aircraft or they brought it a replacement, I couldn’t say for sure.”

He added that situations like these aren’t everyday occurrences, but airport officials are ready when a problem like this arises.

“It’s something that everyone is trained for,” Bertolini said. “These types of events, I wouldn’t call them extremely rare, but they’re not obviously, an everyday occurrence, but they happen from time to time. The flight crews and the airport staff, they all work together to keep safety first and that’s what happened today.”