American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at ILM


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An American Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport Tuesday afternoon due to a smell of electrical fumes in the cockpit, according to FAA.

American Airlines says the commercial Airbus A321 plane carrying 178 passengers and a crew of six landed at ILM at 1:41 p.m.

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The AA flight 809 was traveling from Philadelphia to Orlando.

The FAA says the aircraft reported a smell of electrical fumes in the cockpit. The crew deployed oxygen masks and requested to divert to ILM.

AA says once landed, the plane was taxied to a gate where a maintenance team inspected the aircraft.

“Our firefighters checked out the cargo hold once they landed, and said they couldn’t see or smell anything,” said ILM Deputy Director Gary Broughton.

No injuries were reported.

Broughton says AA is sending another plane to take passengers to Orlando.

“The crew on this flight will take out the new flight and head on to Orlando which was their intended destination, and the crew that’s bringing in the other airplane will take this airplane and ferry it out,” Broughton said.

At last check, that replacement plane was set to take off from ILM at 7:45 p.m.