Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Mitchell International Airport (KMKE), Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Airliner makes emergency landing at Mitchell International Airport

An AirTran Boeing 717 airliner en route to Milwaukee from Washington, D.C., made an emergency landing Wednesday at Mitchell International Airport after a potential generator problem was detected, an airline official said.

A cockpit indicator light alerted the aircraft's captain of the issue shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to Dan Landson, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines, the parent company of AirTran.

According to Landson, the captain declared an emergency to receive priority status from the airport's traffic control tower. The plane landed without incident shortly after 4:30 p.m.

There were 61 passengers and five crew members on the aircraft, which was taken out of service for inspection, Landson said.

Arrangements were being made to take passengers from the flight to other destinations, he said.


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