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Triangle Skies Not So Friendly; Two Planes Make Emergency Landings at RDU

Posted September 12, 1998

— Triangle skies were busier than usual Sunday morning, when two jetliners developed problems and a small plane went down near Zebulon. No one was injured.

Just after 9 a.m., an American Airlines jet carrying 105 passengers from Boston to Orlando landed safely at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after the MD-80's engine stalled in mid-air. Before the jet arrived at RDU, the engine restarted with no damage to the aircraft.

Shortly after noon, a USAirways plane headed from Birmingham, Ala. to Philadelphia also landed at RDU to check an alert from a fire alarm. Once on the ground airport officials could not find any evidence of a fire anywhere on the aircraft. A leak was found in the cargo hold, but it wasn't immediately known if that was related to the alarm.

Passengers aboard the aircrafts were transferred to other planes to get to their finally destinations.

Also Sunday morning, a small, single-engine plane went down near over Louisburg Road in Wake county and crash-landed in a tobacco field. What happened to cause the plane to go down is still unclear.

"The pilot's not sure what happened," said Sgt. John Blackwell of the Wake County Sheriff's Department. "He said the plane just wasn't handling right."

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