Orlando-bound flight makes emergency landing in Norfolk

Norfolk International Airport

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A flight bound for Orlando made an emergency landing at Norfolk International Airport Wednesday night, but headed back on its way in a matter of hours.

Norfolk dispatchers told WAVY.com both Norfolk and Virginia Beach police and fire units arrived at a scene at Norfolk International Airport just after 10 p.m. for a Level One Alert. WAVY’s Erin Kelly spoke with an airport officer who said the plane landed with everyone aboard “okay.”

The airport officer said it was Southwest flight 271 from Philadelphia to Orlando that diverted to Norfolk because of the alert. However, Southwest’s website said the flight departed from Norfolk close to midnight.

So far, no information has been released about what was wrong with the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration describes the severity of aircraft emergencies by the following:

1. Alert I: Indicating an aircraft approaching the airport is in minor difficulty; e.g., feathered propeller, oil leak, etc. The emergency equipment and crews would standby at the equipment house for further instructions.

2. Alert II: Indicating an aircraft approaching the airport is in major difficulty; e.g., engine on fire, faulty landing gear, no hydraulic pressure, etc. This could mean emergency equipment would proceed to a predetermined location (end of runway, etc.) to await development of the potential emergency.

3. Alert III: Indicating an aircraft involved in an accident on or near the airport and emergency equipment should proceed immediately to the scene.

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