Originally created 03/15/04

Oil leak on plane forces landing



A twin-engine commercial airplane made an emergency landing Sunday night at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

A spokeswoman from Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a Delta connection carrier, said the captain shut down one of the plane's engines as it approached Augusta.

"As they were descending, there was an oil-caution light that illuminated in the cockpit," said Gina Pesko, of ASA. "The captain, as a precaution, decided to shut the engine down. The engine did not actually go out," she said.

Flight 4128, which carried 62 passengers, originated in Atlanta and was to stay overnight in Augus‚ta, Ms. Pesko said.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office received a call at 9:38 p.m. and responded by sending fire, police and ambulance personnel to the airport. Bush Field emergency personnel also were on standby.

Ms. Pesko said the plane taxied to the gate and did not have to be evacuated. An ASA maintenance team was en route to Augusta and should have the plane ready to fly this morning, she said.

Weekend Editor Bill Norton contributed to this story.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.