Last updated: 04:48 PM ET, Fri April 29 2016

FAA Investigating Two American Eagle Emergency Landings in Philadelphia

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 29, 2016

FAA Investigating Two American Eagle Emergency Landings in Philadelphia

On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation after two separate American Eagle flights made emergency landings at Philadelphia International Airport.

According to, an FAA spokesperson said that both emergency landings took place just after 8 a.m. ET, causing several temporary delays. The airport has since returned to full operation.

The first emergency landing was from American Eagle Flight 4518, which was operated by Republic Airlines. The pilot reported steering problems with the plane during its trip from Toronto to Philadelphia. Upon landing, the aircraft was towed to the gate.

No injuries were reported during Flight 4518’s landing.

The second emergency landing was for American Eagle Flight 4801, which was operated by Piedmont Airlines. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and cabin during a flight from Richmond International Airport to Philadelphia. When the plane landed, passengers and crew were evacuated, and one person onboard was treated by medical personnel and released a short time later.

Passengers on Flight 4801 were forced to evacuate the plane via emergency slides on the runway.


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