Thursday, December 29, 2016

Incident occurred December 29, 2016 at Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL), Buncombe County, North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — First responders rushed to Asheville Regional Airport on Thursday after a pilot reported having problems landing.

The plane eventually landed without incident, but several passengers said it was the scariest landing they had experienced.

Passengers said the plane tried to land twice, and they said the pilot announced he couldn't get the flaps down. They said he also announced there was difficulties because of wind shear.

A Delta spokesperson said that's when a plane comes down and headwind makes it speed up, and then tail wind makes it suddenly slow down. A Delta spokesperson said the plane was actually operated by Express Jet.

Passengers said seven or eight people threw up.

"We were at all times going really fast, slow, and doing a lot of up and down, up and down, and that's where the people were getting sick," said Ashley Abrams, who was flying from Orlando.

A spokesperson said the airport followed proper protocol. She said the protocol is a pilot reports a problem to the tower, the tower reports it to the airport and the airport calls fire and EMS.

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