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Rome-bound Plane Returns To Philly

Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:25 am

The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - A US Airways jet bound for Rome had to return to Philadelphia two hours into its flight because of a glitch in a backup navigational computer, the airline said.

The plane left Philadelphia International Airport at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and the pilot discovered the problem with a backup navigation system as the flight headed over the ocean, spokeswoman Andrea Rader said.

The jet returned to the gate in Philadelphia shortly before 11 p.m. Passengers were never in danger, she said.

"Because you're heading out over the Atlantic, you want to have an abundance of caution," Rader said Wednesday. "It was a very minor problem in a backup to the backup (system)."

The airline was working to get all the passengers en route to their destinations, either through US Airways or another carrier, she said