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AA Plane Hit By Powerful Gust Of Wind


American Airlines jet makes emergency landing in San Jose

Jan 18, 2010

American Airlines jet makes emergency landing in San Jose
American Airlines MD-80 / Image via greatdreams.com

An American Airlines jet flying from Texas to San Francisco made an emergency landing in San Jose Monday morning after it was hit by a powerful gust of wind, a spokesman for the airline said.

The plane, Flight No. 1965 from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, developed a minor problem with its throttle during the flight, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said.

As it was making its approach to San Francisco International Airport, the plane encountered a short, intense gust of wind known as a microburst, Wagner said.

The wind, combined with the throttle problem, prompted the pilot to declare an emergency and divert the plane to Mineta San Jose International Airport, Wagner said.

Firefighters were called to the airport as a precaution, but the plane landed safely and nobody was hurt, said David Vossbrink, a spokesman for the airport.

The plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 that seats 140 people, landed at 10:22 a.m. and passengers were bused to San Francisco, Wagner said.

Source: mercurynews.com



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