Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Republic Airways, Embraer ERJ-175LR (ERJ-170-200 LR), N117HQ: Incident occurred November 06, 2019 near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL), Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident.

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Atlanta, GA
Incident Number: DCA20IA014
Date & Time: 11/06/2019, 2115 EST
Registration: N117HQ
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ170
Injuries: 9 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Scheduled

On November 6, 2019, about 2115 EST, Republic Airways flight 4439, an Embraer EMB-175, N117HQ, experienced a pitch trim anomaly shortly after takeoff from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, Georgia. The flight crew declared an emergency and returned to ATL. None of the 9 passengers and crew onboard were injured and the airplane was not damaged. The airplane was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as regularly scheduled passenger flight and was destined for LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York, New York.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Embraer
Registration: N117HQ
Model/Series: ERJ-170-200LR
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Republic Airline Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Destination: New York, NY (LGA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 6 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 9 None
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  1. Yeah that was my first thought as well. Nine PAX on a 70+ seat regional jet isn't making money. In any event, here's an interesting read on Republic, a name in the airline industry that I haven't heard since the 1980s when the original folded into Northwest in 1986 after being formed in 1979 with a Southern Airways and North Central Airlines merger.


  2. Actually it was six passengers and three crew. Even a bigger money loser. And flying to LGA at 8% passenger capacity? Wow.