NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An American Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport made an emergency landing in Norfolk Saturday morning.
The pilot of American Airlines flight 950 reported a mechanical indicator light on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft came on, which prompted him to seek an emergency landing at Norfolk International Airport just before 6 a.m., according to Dori Alvarez, a spokeswoman for the airline. Robert Bowen with Norfolk International Airport said the indicator light, in this case, signaled a possible fire in the cargo area of the plane. The pilot activated fire suppression in the cargo compartment. According to Bowen, the fire suppression consists of two bottles of a chemical that extinguishes any fire in the compartment.
The pilot made the decision to land “out of an abundance of caution,” said Alvarez, and the plane landed safely around 6:20 a.m.
Once the plane landed, Bowen told WAVY.com airport fire crews inspected the plane and found no indication of smoke or fire.
242 passengers and 15 crewmembers were on board, and no one was hurt.
The airline is sending another plane to take the passengers to New York, which was expected to arrive in Norfolk around 2 p.m.
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