Friday, August 11, 2017

Todd Syhre, Watertown Regional Airport (KATY): Emergency landing shouldn’t deter fliers



Potential Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) passengers flying to and from Watertown should not be deterred from an engine failure that occurred Wednesday evening, according to Watertown Regional Airport Manager Todd Syhre.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that an ADI Embraer 145 twin-engine aircraft carrying 46 passengers made an emergency landing around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff, Neb., after one of the engines lost power. 

The flight was returning from Denver to Pierre and Watertown. The forced landing occurred about 70 minutes after takeoff.

While Syhre told the Public Opinion Thursday afternoon that he did not know many specifics, including how many of the 46 passengers were flying to Watertown, he said all passengers landed safely.

“ADI’s pilots did a great job,” Syhre said. “They kept everybody calm and collected. The pilots landed the plane safely and got everybody off.”

Syhre said that some of the passengers who were on board were offered either a bus ride or car rental paid for by ADI to their destinations. Others were offered complimentary overnight hotel stays and bus transportation on Thursday.

While Syhre did not wish to speculate on whether ADI will offer further compensation, he praised ADI’s public relations history.

“I can tell you in the past that this airline has gone above and beyond what any other airline would have done,” he said.

Despite the engine problem Wednesday, Syhre said potential passengers should not be negatively swayed by the incident.

“These planes are very safe to fly,” Syhre said. “There are a lot features that help these pilots get these things safely down to the ground.”

According to the AP, the affected plane will remain in Scottsbluff as it is repaired. Meanwhile, Syhre said a replacement plane came into Watertown Thursday. 

An email sent by the Public Opinion Thursday afternoon to ADI’s Human Resources division seeking comment from Chief Operations Officer Mickey Bowman or another ADI representative was not returned.

Anyone who has questions or concerns may contact the Watertown ADI station at 605-753-8603 or Syhre at 605-882-6209.

Original article  ➤ http://www.thepublicopinion.com

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