An airplane headed to Dayton Sunday evening made an emergency landing.
The United Airlines regional jet, with 49 adults and one child aboard, apparently lost oil pressure and had to land early after departing from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., according to a report by CBS affiliate WDTV in West Virginia.
The plane landed just after 6 p.m. at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport, W. Va. The plane was headed to Dayton, the TV station reported.
There were no injuries.
During the flight, one of the jet’s engine’s failed and wouldn’t restart. Pilots were advised by air traffic control to perform an emergency landing in Bridgeport, according to WDTV.
“All of a sudden, (I heard) a big loud boom, and then another one, and there was lots of vibration, and we were all kind of looking around, like ‘What’s happening?’ and looking for flames or whatever else. It was quite scary,” said Becky Brown, a passenger from Dayton who was on the flight. Pilots landed the plane quickly, despite the plane’s high altitude at the time of the engine failure. “I just heard someone here say that they had a father who was monitoring at home, and said he told her how high we really were and said that they did a great job of lowering us very rapidly. We couldn’t notice that. We were watching out the window but you couldn’t feel how fast we were coming down,” said Patricia Kuhlman, a fellow passenger also from Dayton.
After they landed, passengers were quick to praise the flight crew for their work in making sure no tragic events occurred.
“The flight attendant was very good because she said right away, ‘We are going to make an emergency landing, and just be calm. I’ll be through to collect trash,’” added Brown. Officials at the airport say that they see about two to three emergency landings every year. Last year, country singer Miranda Lambert’s plane landed at the airport after an emergency. Luckily, no one was hurt in that incident either. Both passengers from Dayton who spoke to WDTV said they fly a lot for their jobs, and that this incident isn’t going to keep them away from the runway any time soon.
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