Thursday, June 12, 2014

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (KXNA) Runway Open Again After Plane Made Emergency Landing

The runway is open again after authorities responded to an emergency involving an aircraft at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on Thursday morning (June 12), officials say.

A Delta plane carrying 50 passengers going from XNA to Atlanta had to circle back to the airport after discovering steering issues. The pilot made an emergency landing at XNA, dumped fuel and blew a tire, according to officials.

The airport began delaying flights after the plane made its landing. Arrivals from Dallas, Minneapolis, Newark and Atlanta have all been delayed by the situation. Departures to Chicago, Denver and Atlanta have also been delayed, according to tweets from XNA.

No injuries were reported.

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Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Northwest Arkansas 
HIGHFILL, AR (KNWA) - A Delta Airlines flight has made an emergency landing at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA).

It happened around 10:20 Thursday morning.

According to Airport Director Kelly Johnson, Delta Flight 5358 took off from XNA around 9:20 a.m., bound for Atlanta. Shortly after takeoff, Johnson says the aircraft lost its directional steering, forcing pilots to bring the flight back.

Upon landing, pilots learned one of the aircraft's tires was flat.

Johnson says pilots were able to land the plane safely, and all 50 passengers and three crew members were unhurt.

Crews suspended operations at XNA for about 45 minutes to address the situation and tow the plane off the runway, but departures and arrivals resumed soon after and XNA was working to get the 50 Delta passengers onto other flights.

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