FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Delta flight made two emergency landings at Fort Wayne International Airport moments after twice taking off there early Monday due to a landing gear issue.
The airport’s operations manager told NewsChannel 15 that a Delta flight operated by SkyWest departed for Minneapolis from Fort Wayne International with about 50 passengers aboard early Monday. After the plane took off, the crew realized there was an issue with plane’s landing gear.
The plane then turned back around and flew by the control tower for an inspection. The plane flew around the airport to burn off fuel, the operations manager said.
Ultimately, the plane’s landing gear worked like normal and it landed safely. The plane was towed to the terminal and a Sky West maintenance crew was called to inspect the plane.
The passengers were ushered to a secure area.
A short time later, the same plane – Flight 4631 – took off from the airport and returned a second time “due to a mechanical indication,” according to SkyWest’s Corporate Communications Manager McKall Morris.
The aircraft landed safely and all passengers deplaned normally at the gate, Morris said. The mechanical team was called again to inspect the aircraft.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to help customers resume their travels to Minneapolis as quickly as possible,” said Morris.
During the situation, a few non-commercial flights were grounded.