Plane Lands Safely After Alert at Binghamton Airport
Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]An aircraft with 35 passengers aboard landed safely at Greater Binghamton Airport shortly after an alert was issued because of a possible mechanical problem.
Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]Several Broome County emergency squads and fire departments were dispatched to the airport in the Town of Maine at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday when the alert was declared.
Broome County aviation commissioner David Hickling said the airport was notified by SkyWest Airlines of a possible mechanical issue.
Hickling said the county communications center and the airport's Crash-Fire-Resuce unit were notified. Under standard protocol for such an alert, fire departments from East Maine, Maine and Choconut Center are sent to the airport. Ambulances from several agencies also are directed to the airport.
The Delta Connection Flight 7411 from Detroit to Binghamton was operated by SkyWest Airlines.
The plane involved was a Canadair regional jet with a capacity of 50 passengers.
Hickling said the plane landed without incident at about 2 p.m. He said the runway was closed briefly for an inspection but there was no disruption in airport operations.
A statement from Hazel Sainsbury of SkyWest Airlines said the crew requested airport vehicles to meet the aircraft because of an indication of a possible landing gear problem.
The statement said all passengers "deplaned normally at the gate." Mechanics will inspect the plane to determine whether there was an actual problem.
This story has been updated to correct passenger numbers and include additional information provided by SkyWest Airlines.
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