Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lehigh Valley International Airport (KABE), Allentown, Pennsylvania: Alert canceled following reported flap trouble on aircraft

An aircraft carrying 47 people had a problem with its wing flaps before landing, apparently safely, tonight at Lehigh Valley International Airport, according to emergency radio broadcasts. 

Lehigh County 911 just before 6:50 p.m. broadcast an Alert Two, meaning a potentially major problem at the 3311 Airport Road facility outside Allentown, in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

The 911 center recalled all responders just after 7 p.m. Asked whether the plane had landed safely, a dispatcher would only say everyone dispatched had been recalled. A call for comment to an airport representative was not immediately returned.

The alert indicated the aircraft was coming from the northeast on runway 24 with 47 people on board and 3,000 gallons of fuel.

Initial reports were that it was "coming in fast" without flaps, according to emergency broadcasts.


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