Saturday, February 24, 2018

Envoy Air, Embraer ERJ-145: Incident occurred February 24, 2018 at Sioux Gateway Airport (KSUX), Sioux City, Iowa

SIOUX CITY | An autopilot problem on a flight from Dallas to Sioux City caused emergency responders to gather at the Sioux Gateway Airport Saturday afternoon as a precaution.

Envoy Flight 3529 out of Dallas, which carried 28 people, left Dallas shortly before 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It was scheduled to arrive in Sioux City at 2:23 p.m., but did not actually land until 2:53 p.m.  The flight landed without incident in Sioux City, according to officials.  

During the course of the flight, the airplane's autopilot experienced an unknown issue. John Backer, Sioux Gateway airport operations manager, said the pilots were forced to manually fly the airplane when the autopilot trouble arose. 

"From what I've heard, (the pilot) landed fine," Backer said. What exactly went wrong with the autopilot is difficult to say with certainty at this time. 

"There's just a large variety of things that could have (caused) it," he said. 

The airplane is out of service for the time being, Backer said, but otherwise business as usual will continue at the airport. 

"Tomorrow it should be running normal," he said. 

Brenda Stille of Storm Lake had planned to fly out of Sioux Gateway to Dallas Saturday afternoon -- but she kept getting alerts on her phone that the flight time was changed. Originally scheduled at 2:50 p.m., the flight became 3:30 p.m., then 3:15 p.m. 

Paula Hinds of Elk Point, a fellow would-be passenger, said it wasn't really clear to the people in the airport what was happening as Flight 3529 was landing. 

"You guys knew before we did!" Hinds said. 

Original article can be found here ➤  http://siouxcityjournal.com

2 comments:

D Naumann said...

What has this aviation world come to: "An autopilot problem on a flight from Dallas to Sioux City caused emergency responders to gather at the Sioux Gateway Airport Saturday afternoon as a precaution." An autopilot problem has become an emergency situation? The pilot landed the aircraft "just fine" according to an airport official. Well thank God for that and give that pilot a cigar!!

Thomas Green said...

Yeah, seriously ridiculous! The pilot actual was able to fly the aircraft...simply amazing!