AA plane investigated after emergency landing
Posted: Today at 6:20 am EDT Last Updated: Today at 11:03 am ED
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials are investigating an American Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing following take off.
Several National Transportation Safety Board officials spent Thursday morning at Miami International Airport investigating the American Airlines Boeing 757.
On Tuesday night, Flight 1640 took off from MIA headed to Boston International Airport. Shortly after take off, it experienced a sudden loss of cabin pressure. The pilot declared an emergency landing and landed the 154-passenger plane back to MIA. “Obviously, that’s super terrifying,” said a passenger.
The Federal Aviation Administration said, once the plane landed a 1-by-2 foot hole was found in the plane’s fuselage.
NTSB is currently investigating the plane and said the investigation can take several months. “The investigation can take 18 months. We are very early into our investigation. We will not determine the cause in the next few days,” said NTSB spokesperson Keith Holloway.
American Airlines has taken the 757 out of service and sent out a statement that said: “American Airlines has assigned a team of engineers and maintenance technicians who are evaluating the aircraft. We have also been in contact with Boeing, the NTSB and the FAA,” said spokesperson Martha Pantin.
Passengers are concerned but feel safe that the plane is being investigated. “They took control of the situation, and they are not going to let the plane fly anymore, so it’s definitely reassuring,” said Noel Paris.
American Airlines has experienced several recent emergency landings. On Wednesday, a 737 landed safely at MIA after reports of a fuel leak. “I’m glad they’re doing something about it now, and it’s a peace of mind for people flying out, but if you’re on the plane, it’s not so good,” said American Airlines customer Nicole Hallett.
Pictures from the fuselage was released Thursday from Avherald.com, an aviation-related industrial newspaper based in Austria. The editor from http://www.avherald.com/ provided the photos anonymously by someone in the U.S.
NTSB said it is still too early to know what caused the damage to the fuselage on Flight 1640.
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