Originally created 11/09/99

Atlantic pilots make emergency landing



A Delta Air Lines subsidiary airplane made an emergency landing Monday night in Augusta after experiencing trouble during its flight to North Carolina.

Pilots aboard Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 4046, en route to Fayetteville, N.C., from Atlanta, radioed the tower at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field at 7:14 p.m. from 35 miles away and told controllers they needed to make an emergency landing, said Wade Brooks, airport operations supervisor.

Airport firefighters waited for the plane to approach the runway. Trucks with Richmond County Fire Department arrived in case the plane crashed before reaching the runway, fire officials said.

The runway was cleared, and the plane landed without incident.

The Brazilia-type airplane's starboard engine went out during the flight, Mr. Brooks said, although Delta officials said that wasn't the case.

"A speed indication light came on, and they came to Augusta to land because it was the nearest airport," said Aaron Blakeney, Delta station manager. "They did not shut the engine down. They came to Augusta and landed safely with no problems."

The 19 passengers aboard the flight boarded another Delta plane, which returned them to Atlanta to reach connecting flights, Mr. Blakeney said.

Reach Scotty Fletcher at (706) 823-3217.