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47 safe at LVIA after emergency jetliner landing without flaps

Published January 24. 2014 05:00PM

A jetliner carrying 47 people made an emergency landing Thursday night at Lehigh Valley International Airport after the pilot reported the plane's flaps weren't working.

At 6:35 p.m., the pilot notified the airport of the problem as the plane headed northeast toward Allentown, according to emergency radio reports. Twenty minutes later, with firetrucks and ambulances near the runway, the jet landed safely.

"He's going to come in fast," an official radioed at 6:40 p.m. Without flaps, the plane was without an important mechanism to help slow down and yet maintain enough lift for a smooth landing.

Emergency dispatchers said the plane was about 10 miles out when the trouble was reported. The aircraft reportedly was carrying 3,000 pounds of fuel at that time.

The pilot maneuvered the jet down without the flaps, and at 6:59 p.m. the Level 2 alert was terminated. No one was reported injured.

The LVIA website indicates Delta Flight 5106 from Atlanta landed at that time.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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