Monday, September 22, 2008

American Airlines Keeps the Emergency Landings Coming

Not wanting to break their four month emergency landing streak, American Airlines rolled one off the end of the runway in Chicago today. Yes just when you thought it was safe to go flying with American, they broke the boredom for the month, so no worries.

An American Airlines plane rolled off the end of a runway as it landed in Chicago on Monday after it diverted from its planned destination due to electrical problems, the airline said.

The plane, a Boeing Co. 757 headed for New York from Seattle, stopped just off the end of a runway at O'Hare International Airport, a spokesman for American's parent company AMR Corp said. The aircraft's landing gear came to rest in the grass.

No injuries were reported.

"After the Chicago Fire Department checks the airplane, the passengers will deplane using air stairs and be taken by buses to the terminal for reaccommodation," the spokesman said.

AMR did not give a reason for the reported electrical problem that led to the flight diversion or the rocky landing that occurred in Chicago.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft had tire damage that may have occurred on landing.

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