Thursday, June 22, 2017

American Airlines, Airbus A320: Incident occurred June 21, 2017 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT), North Carolina

An American Airlines flight circled the Davidson County area for more than three hours Wednesday night after the flight crew discovered a mechanical problem.

The Federal Aviation Administration sent FOX8 the following statement:

“American Airlines Flight 730, an Airbus 330, departed Charlotte Douglas International Airport for London Heathrow Airport tonight at about 7 p.m. The crew reported a possible issue with the airplane’s flaps and the flight is returning to Charlotte. It is currently burning off fuel and is scheduled to land at approximately 11 p.m. The FAA will investigate.”

FlightAware showed that the plane flew into southeastern Virginia, turned around, came back into North Carolina and began circling the Davidson County area. As of 10:55 p.m., FlightAware shows the plane as still circling.

Kent Powell, with American Airlines, said there are 258 passengers and 16 crew members on board.

An American Airlines flight from Charlotte to London was forced to circle the Winston-Salem area for three hours Wednesday night after a mechanical problem.

The flight later re-landed safely at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after burning off fuel on the loops that area residents noticed.

An American Airlines spokesman said the problem was discovered after takeoff of Flight 730, which carried 258 passengers and 16 crew members. The Federal Aviation Administration told TV station WGHP the issue was with the airplane’s flaps.

The Airbus A330 left Charlotte bound for London’s Heathrow Airport at about 7 p.m. Wednesday and was scheduled to return to Charlotte Douglas at about 11 p.m.

“The A330 aircraft had to burn off fuel as to not land overweight when they returned to CLT,” American spokeswoman Katie Cody said by email Thursday. “It landed safely but did cancel. We accommodated passengers in hotels and rebooked them as quickly as possible.”

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