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JetBlue Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Minot

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An in-flight emergency forced a JetBlue plane to make an unscheduled landing in Minot this morning.

The Airbus A-320 landed safely about 9:45, about a half hour after declaring an emergency due to an electrical smell in the cockpit.

According to JetBlue's corporate office, the flight originated in Boston and was headed for Seattle.

Bonnie Campo takes us to the Minot Airport for more.

Around 9:25 this morning the Minot International Airport received news that a JetBlue aircraft would be making an emergency landing. 132 were estimated to be on board, not sure if they were in harms way.

(Bob Lindee, City Information Officer) "Maintenance has inspected the aircraft. So far, they have been in touch with JetBlue maintenance. They have an idea of what's going on with the aircraft right now, but they are waiting on a manual, we do have an airbus certified technician in Minot that can work on the aircraft, but they are waiting on the manual from JetBlue right now, and working in conjunction with JetBlue's maintenance people to figure out what is exactly going on with the aircraft."

With four hours of fuel left, the flight path took a sudden turn over Manitoba began heading southwest toward Minot. But the airport was prepared and willing to accommodate JetBlue.

(Bob Lindee, City Information Officer) "As a matter of fact, we were having a tabletop airport exercise today when I got the phone call. We have an Airport Fire Department on standby that's part of the Minot Fire Department. Everybody was notified immediately before the plane even landed. Everybody was ready to go.

Passengers began deboarding the Airbus about 11:00am - little more than an hour after JetBlue Flight 597 had made their emergency landing. However, passengers were not allowed to leave secure areas within the airport, as they waited for repairs to be made, or a second aircraft to arrive and take them to their destination.

(Bob Lindee, City Information Officer) "Our runways are fully capable of handling all of their aircrafts, so they could get another plane here to get the passengers continuing on to Seattle."

Overall, this day brought more turbulence than anyone was expecting.

In Minot, Bonnie Campo, KX News.


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