LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Hearing that you’re heading for an emergency landing can make even the most seasoned airline passenger’s panic.
But that’s exactly what happened to a flight that’s fate seemed like it was up in the air this afternoon.
46 passengers along with three crew members were aboard a SkyWest Delta flight when the plane suddenly had to make that emergency landing.
It’s important to note that the plane did land safely and no one was injured.
The plane, a Delta Airlines connector took off from Detroit and was supposed to land in Kalamazoo but airline officials say it was a mechanical glitch that caused the indicator light for landing gear to not work properly…which is the reason why the plane landed at the Capital Region International Airport here in Lansing.
Police and fire officials from multiple agencies including Lansing Police, the Lansing Fire Department as well as Lansing Township responded immediately to the runway.
Again, the plane landed safely and no one was hurt.
As soon as the plane was secure, a full inspection was done of the air craft.
Lansing airport officials say while situations like this don’t happen often, emergency crews are extensively trained and always prepared.
“Well here at the Capital Region International Airport we do multiple training sessions with our partners from the region and that went into activation today, we really were able to reach out to our local response teams and they were here in being able to address the situation and be prepared to handle whatever situation could come from this aircraft coming into Lansing,” said Nicole Noll-Williams; Director of Marketing and Passenger Development at the Capital Region International Airport.
A spokesperson from SkyWest Airlines released a statement earlier explaining what happened…
She says “mechanics will inspect the aircraft and we are working to help customers resume their travels on another aircraft to Kalamazoo as quickly as possible.”
It was within a few hours passengers started boarding that other flight to take them to Kalamazoo, but as you might imagine a couple of passengers decided to use ground transportation as well.
UPDATE: A representative from SkyWest Airlines released the following statement:
“SkyWest flight 4896, operating as Delta Connection from Detroit, Michigan to Kalamazoo diverted to Lansing due to a mechanical indication. The flight landed safely and customers deplaned normally at the gate. Mechanics will inspect the aircraft and we are working to help customers resume their travels on another aircraft to Kalamazoo as quickly as possible.”
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – There was a scare at the Capital Region International Airport this afternoon. Officials tell us the plane was having problems with a sensor that tells the pilot if the landing gear is working properly.
However we can confirm now that the plane has landed safely.
At this time we don’t have any more information but we will update you online and at 6 News at 11.