Thursday, January 31, 2013

CommutAir Bombardier Dash 8: Aircraft makes emergency landing at Greater Binghamton Airport/Edwin A Link Field (KBGM), Johnson City, New York

BINGHAMTON — A maintenance flight with two people on board had to be aborted shortly after takeoff this afternoon and returned to Greater Binghamton Airport for an emergency landing, an aviation official said.

The CommutAir plane took off around 1 p.m. and turned around after the pilot reported a hydraulic problem, landing without incident at the airport where emergency crews had responded as a precaution, said Carl Beardsley Jr., Broome County commissioner of aviation.

The Bombardier Dash 8 had been scheduled to transport passengers earlier in the morning, but that flight was canceled when the hydraulic problem was identified during the routine pre-flight maintenance check, Beardsley said. He was unable to provide further details about the canceled flight.

CommutAir had a maintenance crew work on the plane and cleared the afternoon flight, which was headed to Washington, D.C. for further repair work, Beardsley said, noting just the pilot and co-pilot were aboard when they discovered the hydraulic problem had not been adequately fixed and turned around.

Beardsley was unable to provide how far the plane traveled, saying it never posed a risk to populated areas. He noted the decision to clear the flight is handled internally by CommutAir, with the pilot granting the final approval.

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