Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A Delta plane forced to make an emergency landing at Hancock Airport Wednesday landed safely and no one was hurt. Passengers aboard the plane say they heard a loud noise, but didn’t feel a sense of panic.
“There was a loud clunking noise under our feet,” said passenger James Hepp. “It went silent and I just looked over and said, ‘That’s not normal.’”
The plane was coming from Detroit, Michigan and bound for Hartford, Connecticut. It landed in Syracuse just before 11:30 after Delta says the flight crew discovered a problem with the left engine.
“The pilot came on and said they had to shut one of the engines off, and we were going to make an emergency landing in Syracuse and don't be alarmed when you see fire trucks on the side of the runway,” said passenger Jeff Wehner.
Emergency crews, as well as a special response team that’s located at the airport, were there to meet the plane as it landed safely in Syracuse.
They weren’t needed and the jet landed fine. All 102 passengers on board were okay, but it shows the airport is prepared in the event of an emergency.
“It does occasionally happen and when it does, we are prepared to respond,” said Aviation Commissioner Christina Callahan.
Delta arranged to have two Cazenovia limo buses drive the passengers to Connecticut.
Delta says they’re examining the aircraft and apologize to the passengers for the inconvenience.