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New York-Bound Delta Air Lines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Norfolk

Impacting Travel | Delta Air Lines | Patrick Clarke | July 06, 2015

New York-Bound Delta Air Lines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Norfolk

A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Virginia's Norfolk International Airport over the weekend after pilots were alerted to a possible mechanical failure in one of the plane's engines.

According to WVEC 13 News in Norfolk, Flight 546 was headed for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport from the Dominican Republic carrying 131 passengers and half of a dozen crew members when it diverted over the Atlantic Ocean.

The flight landed with no issue shortly after 3 p.m. ET on Sunday and was subsequently taken out of service.

A Delta spokesman wasn't able to confirm whether the engine failed, only stating the airline wanted to exercise caution. 

Passengers aboard the flight, which departed from Santiago, were checked through customs upon arrival in Norfolk.

According to the spokesman, another plane was brought from Atlanta to Norfolk to complete the journey to JFK, but affected passengers were also given the option to take another flight to New York.

The Aviation Herald reports the Boeing 737 was replaced with an Airbus A319 that transported passengers to New York following a seven-hour delay. 

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