Problem Plane Undergoes Inspection In ATL
So, what's up with the flaps on a
couple of Delta's Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jets?
That's what both Delta and its regional operator, Atlantic
Southeast Airlines, would like to know.
Over the weekend, there were three emergency landings at
Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, involving two different
CRJ-200s. Those planes (file photo of type,
above) touched down safely Saturday, each after its pilots
declared an emergency.
Sunday afternoon, one of those same aircraft once again
experienced trouble with the flaps, forcing the aircraft to once
again land without the slow-flight aids.
Todd Bailey, who speaks for Delta and ASA, told KAKE-TV it's the
first time he can remember three such incidents at the same airport
in a span of just two days, adding it was a coincidence all the
incidents occurred at Mid-Continent.
Fortunately, the airport -- which has runways of 6,000, 7,000
and over 10,000 feet in length -- is well-capable of handling such
incidents, Bailey said.
landings require faster approach speeds, which usually
lead to firmer touchdowns and significantly longer landing
The CRJ-200 involved in two of those emergency landings was
repaired and returned to Atlanta, where all three incident flights
originated. That plane was later grounded, however, until someone
can come up with some answers. No word on whether the second
aircraft that experienced flap difficulities is still