TWA investigates engines from five planes
7/18/01 4:48 PM
(KSDK) Five TWA flights have had to make emergency landings during the past week. The latest involved a flight this afternoon from Phoenix to St. Louis. It made an emergency landing in Wichita.
Yesterday a TWA Miami to New York flight had to turn around with engine problems. Miami-Dade police say nine vehicles on the ground were damaged by debris that fell out of the engine.
Last Sunday a San Jose to St. Louis flight had to turn around. That same flight #492 had a similar problem last Thursday. On July 11th, a St. Louis to Anchorage flight had to make an emergency landing in Omaha. The first four incidents were all MD-80 aircraft.
Jonas Brock and his wife were on last Sunday's flight.
"I've never experienced such an extreme emotional rush. You know kind of impending doom. But the atmosphere around there, there were some people crying, My wife and I just looked at each other in amazement. Like is this really going to happen? We thought it was for a while."
A spokesperson for TWA says the airline has no comment at the present time. The engines of all five planes are being sent to the airline's Kansas City maintenance facility for analysis. That could take a minimum of 30-days.
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See what happens when American takes them over!!!
Seriously though, I don't know what the industry's statistical average is for emergency landings, but this seems like quite a few in a short period of time. Anybody have any (intelligent) comments or information??
An unexamined life isn't worth living.