Posted By RichC on July 21, 2008
I’ve enjoyed my weekend with family while my EAA chapter cohorts volunteered to work at the Dayton Air Show. The event had near perfect weather, although the heat had to be almost unbearable. Thanks to those who gave their time and flew their experimental planes to the EAA hanger at the show.
On Sunday though, a Northwest Airlines jetliner bound from Florida to Michigan made an emergency landing. Flight 491 was flying from Tampa to Detroit and requested permission to land as they experienced a problem that required pilots to shut down one of its two engines. The Boeing 757 with Pratt & Whitney engines had 182 passengers and six crew according to reports and landed at 12:52 p.m. without incident. The Air Show was shut down for 25 minutes and received applause from the crowd upon landing safely. Two emergency fire vehicles met the jet airliner as they prepared for the emergency landing as practiced.