Saturday, August 21, 2010

AirTran 717 makes emergency landing in Dayton, Ohio

An AirTran Airways Boeing 717-2BD (55033/5099) N972AT made a precautionary landing at the Dayton International Airport (DAY/KDAY) on Thursday morning after the pilots received a warning about electrical problems with the left engine. The plane landed without incident about 9:10 a.m., according to Christopher White, AirTran’s director of public relations.
The flight originated in Indianapolis (IND/KIND) and was bound for Baltimore (BWI/KBWI) before it was diverted to Dayton , according to Linda Hughes, public relations manager for the airport. The plane was carrying 48 passengers and five crew members, White said.

The plane’s pilots issued an Alert 2, which is issued when there is a problem with an aircraft and that aircraft needs to come in for a landing. One of the engine’s cowlings — cover for engine — came off during the flight. “It’s very similar to the hood of your car. A cowling does not affect the performance of the engine,” White said. White also pointed out that certified planes can operate on one engine.
The aircraft was delivered to the carrier on 02/27/2002.

**An intersting side note, I flew on this aircraft on February 9, 2002 from the Douglas flight ramp a couple weeks prior to it's delivery during an event called "Kids Flight." We flew to Palm Springs (PSP/KPSP) and picked-up some kids sponsered by the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation for a special flight over the Grand Canyon at 10,000 feet, then over Las Vegas (LAS/KLAS) and back to Palm Springs. It was a great trip and the kids just loved it.**

1 comment:

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