Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Colorado

December 30, 2010

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A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 with 225 people on board made an emergency landing in Colorado Springs on Thursday after an in-flight indicator warned of a possible engine malfunction, authorities said.

Two people suffered minor injuries in the 10:26 am local time landing at Colorado Springs Airport, where passengers were evacuated using slides, airport spokeswoman Kelly Jackson said.

Jackson said Delta Flight 1921, which had been en route from Detroit to Phoenix, was diverted because of a problem with one of its engines.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the pilot decided to divert the aircraft to Colorado as a precaution.

"En route, a warning light indicated engine trouble," Black said. "On landing, there was an additional indication of a wheel-well overheat."

Because of the potential for a fire from the overheated brakes near the jet's fuel tanks, the pilot ordered the passengers to exit via the emergency slides.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said a preliminary investigation showed the jet experienced a right engine failure and a main gear fire.

The passengers who suffered injuries were transported to a local hospital, according to Jackson. All other passengers were bused to a terminal building to be rebooked on other flights, she said.

(Reuters)