Last updated: 12:33 PM ET, Wed July 29 2015

NFL Standout Among Those Making Emergency Landing

Airlines & Airports | American Airlines | Rich Thomaselli | July 29, 2015

NFL Standout Among Those Making Emergency Landing

Photo via Twitter/@peanuttillman

At least one passenger – a National Football League standout, no less – had both thanks and humor following an airline incident on Tuesday night.

An American Airlines flight traveling from Chicago O’Hare to Charlotte was forced to make an emergency landing in Indianapolis. The carrier said Flight 1277 was diverted to after the instrumentational panel showed an “indication of a mechanical issue,” according to a spokesperson.

The plane landed in Indiana about 9:15 p.m., and it took a little more than two hours before American Airlines said the aircraft had been checked and ultimately cleared by an Indiana mechanical team and took off again for North Carolina.

One of the passengers on board was former Chicago Bears player Charles "Peanut" Tillman, who still maintains a home in the city even though he now plays for the Charlotte Panthers. Tillman was en route there Tuesday for the opening of the team’s 2015 training camp later this week.

Tillman posted a video from inside the plane that showed several fire trucks on the runway with flashing lights after the plane landed in Indianapolis, and the tweeted out this thankful, yet funny, message.

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