Plane makes an emergency landing in South Burlington, USA

Plane Emergency Landing

No passengers were injured in an emergency plane landing Thursday afternoon at Burlington International Airport, according to Heather Bowman, an operations specialist at the airport.
The Canadair Regional Jet 200 aircraft made an emergency landing around 5:30 p.m., shortly after takeoff. The landing was attributed to mechanical issues after a pilot felt “unknown vibrations,” Bowman said.
The emergency was characterized as a Phase 5 — the highest emergency alert.
“The system is all based off of souls on board,” Bowman said. “With it being an air carrier that has more than 30 souls on board, we declared it a Phase 5 … It’s not like Phase 1 is a little emergency and Phase 5 is a big one. It’s based on how many people we need to respond.”
Bowman said the aircraft was up in the air for about 15 minutes before it circled back to the airport for inspection.
The Air Guard, the airport’s fire department and police, and the South Burlington Fire Department responded to the emergency call.
After the plane landed a brief inspection was done, according to South Burlington Fire Department Captain Gary Rounds. Rounds said the plane was then taxied back to the gate where its occupants were evacuated.
The runway was closed for about 15 minutes, she said.
Airport Director Gene Richards told the Burlington Free Press at 7:45 p.m. that the Delta Airline operated plane, which was on its way to Detroit, was still being inspected, but that the airport was planning to have the flight take off later Thursday evening.
Bowman, speaking at the airport Thursday afternoon, said the airport is a “well-oiled machine” when it comes to emergency response.
“We work on this, and we practice this over and over so we are ready to respond in a safe and efficient manner,” Bowman said.

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