An American Airlines MD-80 jet bound for St. Louis (STL) on Tuesday morning had to return to Dallas Ft. Worth International (DFW) when the landing gear would not retract.
American Flight 1862 was 10 minutes in to its flight to Lambert St. Louis International when pilots turned around and made a safe emergency landing at DFW. But not before passengers had to assume the ‘brace’ position.
ABC News reports:
“When they said assume the position, it was scary,” passenger Elaine Krieger said.
As passengers reflected on the incident, some were left to wonder whether the landing-gear concern was real, well aware of the airline’s recent trouble with labor.
“Some people are cheering as we landed, and the rest of us are thinking, ‘Is this a scenario they created, or was it real?’” passenger Jeff Estes said. “Are they really heroes, or are they guys just creating a job action?”
The gear worked normally on landing. The cause is being investigated.
This latest incident comes on the heels of American temporarily grounding 47 planes to check for loose seats.
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