U.S. Airways flight landed safely at CHO following an emergency landing
A departing plane experienced engine problems and had to divert back to Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) Thursday morning. One of the plane's two engines failed after takeoff. Airport emergency personnel responded to the incident just after 7 a.m.
Passengers on U.S. Airways flight 4356 to Philadelphia say it was a slightly turbulent ride from the beginning. They say the plane was in the air for about 10 minutes before it had to turn around and land back at CHO.
The Dash 8-300 plane returned safely to CHO and no one was injured.
"Situations do happen with mechanical issues just like they happen with your cars. It's still much safer to fly than it is to drive," said Melinda Crawford, executive director at CHO.
All 30 passengers got off the plane right after the incident and were able to rebook their flights.
"I don't really like flying to begin with, but I've been having some funky dreams dealing with planes in the last couple of days and sure enough we get on the plane today and hear about engine failure and it definitely makes me a little uneasy," said Andrew Petrone, a passenger.
U.S. Airways will send a mechanic to perform an inspection. The plane will be grounded until it gets the OK from an aviation official.