Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mesa Airlines Canadair CRJ-700, United Express, N506MJ, Flight YV-3759/UA-3759: Incident occurred January 29, 2014 in Wilmington, Delaware

United Express jet makes emergency landing at New Castle Airport 

A United Express passenger jet en route to Boston had to made an emergency landing this morning at New Castle Airport after the plane experienced problems with an on-board oxygen generator, officials said. 

 The regional jet, operated by Mesa Airlines, was transporting 61 passengers and a crew of four from Washington-Dulles Airport to Boston-Logan when the problems began, said Jim Salmon, spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which owns the airport.

The jet was a Bombardier CRJ 700, which can carry up to 70 passengers.

About 9:46 a.m., the jet landed safely on Runway 1 and turned off onto Taxiway K, where it was met by firefighters from the Delaware Air National Guard base as well as volunteers from Wilmington Manor, Newport and Good Will of New Castle fire companies.

The air base also supplied two buses to evacuate the passengers and transfer them and crew members to the airport terminal building, according to Salmon and the 166th Airlift Wing Base Operations.

United and Mesa Airlines are making alternative arrangements for the passengers to complete their trip to Boston, Salmon said.

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A Mesa Airlines -United Express - Canadair CRJ-700 sits on the runway at New Castle Airport this morning after an emergency landing.

Oxygen masks deployed inside the jet during the emergency landing. 
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Passengers walked off the jet in Delaware.
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Passengers stood near the jet after the emergency landing in Delaware.
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Boston-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Delaware

BOSTON (CBS) — A flight from Washington’s Dulles Airport to Boston made an emergency landing at a county airport in Delaware, Wednesday morning.

According to a passenger on the flight, the plane began losing altitude rapidly, the oxygen masks came down and the cabin filled with smoke.

That passenger described the experience as “terrifying.”

The flight was a United Express CRJ 700, operated by Mesa Airlines.

According to Delaware River and Bay Authority, the problems were caused by the onboard oxygen generator.

Sixty-one passengers and four crew members were onboard.

“At approximately 9:50 a.m. EST, Mesa Airlines, flight 3759, a Canadian Regional Jet, diverted to the New Castle Airport, Wilmington, DE after the pilot reported smoke in the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely. The flight originated at Washington-Dulles International Airport and was enroute to Boston Logan International Airport,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

A new plane is expected to arrive at the county airport later this afternoon to complete the trip to Boston.

No injuries were reported.


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