A jet leaving Charleston this morning didn’t get very far after the pilot declared an in-flight emergency.
“U.S. Airways flight 3820 departed Charleston this morning at 7:33 en route to Washington National and shortly after declared a mechanical emergency,” says Charleston International Airport spokeswoman Becky Beaman.
Beaman says after the pilot declared the emergency the regional jet that boarded 50 passengers and a flight crew of three returned to Charleston at about 8:45 this morning.
“The Air Force Crash Fire Rescue responded immediately. Prior to landing the pilot canceled the emergency, so all of the crash fire rescue were returning to their stations and the plane landed without incident,” says Beaman.
The passengers are being rebooked on other flights, and mechanics are now examining the plane.