XNA Crews Respond to Emergency During Plane Landing

HIGHFILL, AR -- A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. It happened Thursday morning around 10:20. According to Airport Director Kelly Johnson, Delta Flight 5358 took off from XNA around 9:20 a.m., bound for Atlanta. SHortly after takeoff, Johnson says the aircraft lost its directional steering, forcing pilots to bring the flight back to XNA. Upon landing, pilots learned one of the aircraft's tires was flat.

Johnson says pilots were able to land the plane safely, and all 50 passengers and three crew members were unhurt. Crews suspended operations at XNA for about 45 minutes to address the situation and tow the plane off the runway, but departures and arrivals have now resumed. XNA is now working to get the 50 Delta passengers onto other flights.

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