Emergency landing at RDU sends 3 to hospital

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Three people were transported to the hospital after an American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Friday afternoon.

Passengers complained of a “strong electrical smell” before the plane touched down.


Flight 1889 was heading from Charlotte to Hartford when the plane had to land early around 5 p.m.

The pilot and co-pilot were taken to Rex Hospital, while a flight attendant was taken to the hospital for an unrelated matter.

Six other passengers declined to be transported after being checked out on scene. There were a total of 149 passengers on the flight.

The plane was an Airbus 320. It had taken off at 4:19 p.m. and had been scheduled to reach Hartford at about 6:05 p.m. American Airlines sent another plane to carry the passengers the rest of the way. It was expected to take off from RDU at about 7:40 p.m.

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