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Delta Landing Gear Fire Shuts Down Atlanta Airport Runway

Delta Landing Gear Fire Shuts Down Atlanta Airport Runway
(Dreamstime)

By    |   Friday, 30 March 2018 09:04 AM

A Delta airplane’s landing gear caught fire on Thursday as the Boeing 757 jet landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta confirmed to CBS News.

After the fire was quickly extinguished on the runway the plane was towed to a gate and the passengers were boarded on another flight.

Delta Air Lines Flight 673, carrying 199 passengers, left the airport for Quito, Ecuador, but returned to Atlanta because of a mechanical issue. The plane's brakes locked up after landing and its main landing gear caught fire, Federal Aviation Administration told CBS News.

WAGA-TV reported the fire shut down one of five runways at the airport, the world's busiest.

Passenger Ronnie Fernando tweeted about the incident.

There have been other emergency landings caught on video this year. In January, passengers could be seen on video bracing for impact on an American Airlines flight that landed safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, ABC News reported then.

In that incident, passenger Steve Ramsthel recorded the scary scene and his video posted on Facebook received more than 220,000 views.

Ramsthel, a certified pilot himself who took the flight from Phoenix to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, told KNXV-TV the captain and flight attendants handled the emergency professionally.

"There were some people crossing themselves, but I thought the adrenaline was high and everybody just cooperated," Ramsthel said. "It was pretty amazing to be honest with you."

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A Delta airplane’s landing gear caught fire on Thursday as the Boeing 757 jet landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta confirmed.
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