The first flight out of the Pitt-Greenville Airport this morning had to make an emergency landing after engine problems.
Airport director Jerry Vickers says the US Airways Express flight had 50 people and 3 crew members on board and was heading on its daily run to Charlotte when an engine failed shortly after takeoff.
Vickers tells 9 On Your Side that Flight 4129 took off just before 7 a.m. and was able to safely circle back around and land at the airport. Passengers were rebooked on other flights as a precaution, and the Bombardier Dash 8 twin engine turboprop plane was then flown to Charlotte to be thoroughly checked out.
He says this type of event is a rare occurrence. Nobody in his department could remember the last time something like this happened, and he has been airport director for four years.
Monday evening the airport is conducting an unrelated emergency drill that was planned weeks ago. Some of the same rescue units will be used again, but this time there will be simulated victims for them to attend to. Vickers says they are grateful they didn't have any victims today.
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