Runways closed, flights hijacked at Reagan National after American Airlines plane punctured tires – NBC4 Washington – .

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Runways closed, flights hijacked at Reagan National after American Airlines plane punctured tires – NBC4 Washington – .


An American Airlines plane punctured several tires at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport on Saturday, temporarily closing two runways and diverting flights as passengers had to be transported from the plane to a terminal.

At around 4 p.m. American Airlines Flight 4965 from Memphis, Tennessee, stopped on the runway, prompting a response from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Fire and Rescue, a spokesperson said. of the MWAA.

“American Eagle flight 4965, operated by Republic Airways (…) encountered a mechanical problem while landing at DCA,” American Airlines said in a statement. “All the passengers were transported by bus to the terminal. “

Authorities worked to move passengers from the plane to the terminal, and two of the airport’s three runways were temporarily closed by air traffic control as crews assessed the situation, according to the MWAA spokesperson. .

The plane landed safely at Reagan National before the tires burst. None of the 71 passengers and four crew members were injured, Republic Airways said.

A runway reopened around 6.15 p.m. and air traffic resumed. At 8 p.m., all runways were open, the airport said.

Some flights had to be diverted to Dulles International Airport and Baltimore / Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

Travelers flying to or from Reagan National Airport on Saturday were urged to contact their airline directly for the latest information on their flight status.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would investigate the mechanical problem.



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