This is from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hartsfield has had several such incidents over the past two weeks. I applaud the Delta crew for their efforts in this situation.
A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Houston with 108 passengers returned to Hartsfield International Airport Friday with one engine shut down, the latest in a spate of turn-around emergencies at Atlanta's airport.
"How often does this happen?" asked Russell Fielding of Tampa, who was en route to Houston for a wedding,
It was at least the seventh returned flight in little more than two weeks. None has turned into an actual emergency, and Friday's incident did not involve any emergency evacuations from the Delta 727.
John Kennedy, spokesman for Delta, called it a "fairly routine out and back" caused by "an indicator light showing a possible problem with one engine."
After further investigation the Federal Aviation Administration revealed the cause of the situation. Kathleen Bergan, the public affairs manager for the FAA, said the problem was caused by a heat air duct malfunction that caused the engine warning lights to illuminate. "Something like this is very uncommon. Occasionally we get warning lights, but usually it is a problem with a warning light itself," said Bergan.
Flight 941 to Houston left at 11:45 a.m., and passenger Dwayne Payne said, "we hadn't been in the air three or four minutes when the pilot came on the intercom and said we were going back.
"He said Engine No. 1 had failed and they had shut it down. He said, 'Don't worry, this plane can fly easily on two engines and we've got three left.' "
McCree Hennessee, of Corpus Christi, Texas, said the pilot handled the situation "very well. He kept us well informed all the way. He told us not to worry when we saw emergency equipment on the runway. You wouldn't have known anything was wrong if he hadn't told us."
Richard Chester of Augusta, en route to Houston to visit his newborn granddaughter, agreed that "the crew was great in keeping everything calm."
There was cheering and clapping when the plane came to rest about 10 minutes after the pilot announced it was returning, Payne said. The passengers scattered to various Delta gates on Concourse A to seek booking on other flights to Houston.