Chicago American Airlines flight makes emergency landing


An American Airlines flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport made an emergency landing overnight in Grand Rapids, Michigan, due to a “possible mechanical issue.”

The airline told FOX Business in an emailed statement on Saturday that the plane had departed the airport at around 8:30 p.m. CDT and landed safely and without incident shortly after 10:30 p.m. EDT.

There were 149 passengers and six crew members onboard the flight, which was bound for Buffalo, New York.

According to the Grand Rapids Press, Lisa Carr – the Grand Rapids airport public safety and operations director – said in a statement that the plane had alerted Gerald R. Ford International Airport about possible smoke in the cockpit.

In addition, an aircraft rescue and firefighting team and Kent County officials responded to the call.

Carr noted that all passengers left the plane; there were no injuries reported in the incident.

American Airlines found a new plane.

The flight left the city at 12:42 a.m. EDT.

It landed in Buffalo at 1:37 a.m.

“We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” American Airlines said.

In May, an American Airlines plane was forced into an emergency landing after losing part of its wing during a flight from Charleston, South Carolina, to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The airline employees and passengers were able to board another flight and safely land in Dallas following the maintenance malfunction.