Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Two planes make emergency landings at RDU

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU), North Carolina

Morrisville, N.C. — Two planes made unscheduled landings and part of a terminal was evacuated during three unrelated emergencies Wednesday afternoon at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

No one was injured in the incidents, which all happened within three hours, airport officials said.

Just before noon, a private plane made a safe emergency landing after losing power in one of its engines. Airport officials did not say who owned the plane, which they identified as a Beechcraft Premier, or how many were on board.

Shortly after the emergency landing, the baggage claim area at Terminal 2 was evacuated after authorities found a bag leaking what was later determined to be liquid medication. The area was reopened about 1:30 p.m.

About 1:45 p.m., the crew aboard United Airlines flight 4495 requested to land at RDU after smelling smoke in the cockpit. The plane was carrying 46 passengers from Savannah, Ga., to Newark, N.J.

Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said the jet landed safely about 2 p.m.


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