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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at RDU

Posted May 19

— American Airlines flight 1889 from Charlotte to Hartford, Connecticut made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Friday due to a strong electrical odor on board, according to RDU officials.

The plane landed safely, but medical assistance was requested for nine people.

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Three crew members were taken by ambulance to the hospital, according to an American Airlines spokesperson.

Six others were checked out by medical responders and declined to go to the hospital.

Passengers from the flight departed from RDU around later Friday night.


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  • Mike Rodgers May 20, 12:48 p.m.
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    Sooo, do we know what it was??

  • Bob Bucy May 20, 9:16 a.m.
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    The Airbus A380 is 2 levels, so has 2 rows of windows. It also has 4 engines. The aircraft pictured in this story is an A319 or an A320. The Airbus aircraft were flown by US Air before the merger, and since Charlotte was a US Air hub, American flies a lot of these out of Charlotte. The video includes an Airbus and an MD80, so who knows which one it was. American's ratty old MD80s have all sorts of problems.

  • Eric Hooper May 20, 8:55 a.m.
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    Why does WRAL keep using that stock picture of the Airbus A380 for stories about RDU?