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Two planes make emergency landings at RDU

Posted July 3, 2013

— Two planes made unscheduled landings and part of a terminal was evacuated during three unrelated emergencies Wednesday afternoon at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

No one was injured in the incidents, which all happened within three hours, airport officials said.

Just before noon, a private plane made a safe emergency landing after losing power in one of its engines. Airport officials did not say who owned the plane, which they identified as a Beechcraft Premier, or how many were on board.

Shortly after the emergency landing, the baggage claim area at Terminal 2 was evacuated after authorities found a bag leaking what was later determined to be liquid medication. The area was reopened about 1:30 p.m.

About 1:45 p.m., the crew aboard United Airlines flight 4495 requested to land at RDU after smelling smoke in the cockpit. The plane was carrying 46 passengers from Savannah, Ga., to Newark, N.J.

Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said the jet landed safely about 2 p.m.


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  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 3, 2013

    That's the most activity out at RDU in a while!

  • vrigg45071 Jul 3, 2013

    I was there picking up friends at 10:30. That leaky bag must have gone around the luggage carousel for an hour and half because it was noticed by several people as we waited at that time. Sure took the powers that be awhile to notice it and do something, because it was reported well before 11:00.

  • NoRespect Jul 3, 2013

    rushbot... Great story. Thanks for sharing your memory of your time-served!

  • rushbot Jul 3, 2013

    if the engines are on the body it is still considered center line thrust if you lose one...

  • rushbot Jul 3, 2013

    mabachew, the longest sentence i ever read was on page one of a book by Salman Rushdie..it was the entire first page..i read that one sentence and put the book away..i type this way cause it is more or less how i speak..the air force teaches its officers to write that way..none of the army style request your presence at yad yada yada..the air force would have you say be at yada yada or please be at yada yada..they have a book AFH33-337 "The Tongue and Quill"..you can see it online by googling it..and thank you grumpyoldmandownsouth..i flipping loved it..got medically grounded as a 1LT and did contracting and aquisition the rest of my time..boy oh boy do i have stories about that!!!

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 3, 2013

    The picture of the plane on ABC11 shows it to be a small-twin engine (on the fuselage) type jet.

  • mabachew Jul 3, 2013

    That's the longest sentence I have ever read.

  • grumpyoldmandownsouth Jul 3, 2013

    Like the story RUSHBOT

  • rushbot Jul 3, 2013

    come on wral..time to update the story..what kind of aerospace vehicle was involved..landing an aircraft with asymmetrical thrust is a really challenging thing to do..if it was a jet with engines on the empennage it is one thing..it is another if the engines are out on the wings.. .. .. ..true story: I was flying a B52H out at Holbrook AZ one night..we were doing racetrack bombing runs..was about 3 am and we got a radio call to return to Dyess AFB due to impending possible tornadoes at our scheduled landing time of 0600..we climbed out and started home..we lost an engine..we made it to New Mexican airspace..and lost another engine..but guess what..we had 6 more engines on that pig..2 per nacelle..no sweatski, GI!!..we landed safely..and i came away from the experience really, really, really disliking the trend to 2 engine civilian passenger jets..especially over the water!!!