Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Incident occurred March 29, 2018 at Yeager Airport (KCRW), Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia

Authorities say an airplane headed for Atlanta made an emergency landing at Yeager Airport in Charleston Thursday.

The regional jet took off from Evansville, Indiana, just after 8 p.m. and had reached cruising altitude when the electrical components in the cockpit failed, said Dominique Ranieri, Yeager Airport spokeswoman. The plane diverted to Yeager, known for its fire and ground crews, where it made a safe landing at about 8:40 p.m.

Ranieri said Yeager is a diversion airport because of the airport’s great ground crews and strong relationship with the Air National Guard, which provides fire service. Crews were ready and waiting for the plane when it landed.

The passengers, of which there were nearly 50, were safely evacuated from the plane while fire crews checked it out. A mechanical crew also will check the plane.

Delta sent another plane to pick up the passengers and take them to Atlanta. The plane they arrived on will stay overnight at Yeager.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wvgazettemail.com

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