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August 13, 2010

Detached engine cover caused AirTrain flight to land in Dayton

Filed under: Incidents — aerotowfeeq @ 11:02 pm
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It is now known what exactly caused an AirTran Airways Boeing 717 flight to make a precautionary landing at the Dayton International Airport yesterday morning.

The pilot received a warning about electrical problems with the left engine somewhere between Indianapolis–where the flight originated–and Dayton.

When the plane landed, crews discovered that one of the engine’s cowlings, a cover for the engine, came off during the flight somewhere between Indy and Dayton.

The plane’s pilots then issued an Alert 2, which is used when there’s a problem with an aircraft that needs to come in for a landing.

AirTran’s Director of Public Relations, Chris White, told the Dayton Daily News that a cowling is similar to the hood of a car and that it doesn’t affect the performance of the engine.

White also said that certified planes can operate without one engine and that the plane was inspected Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

The flight was carrying 48 passengers and five crew members and was bound for Baltimore.

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