Updated: Flight bound for Willard makes emergency landing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An American Eagle flight bound for Champaign-Urbana made an emergency landing in Springfield, Mo., on Monday night after experiencing engine problems.

American Airlines spokesman Kent Powell said the plane, which left Dallas-Fort Worth about 7:37 p.m., landed in Springfield about 9:15 p.m. after the pilot shut down one of the engines.

The 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 had 37 passengers and three crew members on board, Powell said. The plane taxied on its own power to the terminal and passengers left by way of a jet bridge, he said.

No one was injured, he added.

Many of those on board took flights to Chicago on Tuesday morning with plans to catch connecting flights to Champaign-Urbana, Powell said. Others opted for later flights and still others used alternate modes of transportation.

The plane was undergoing repairs Tuesday in Springfield and the expectation was that it would fly out that evening, he said.

Kent Boyd, a spokesman for Springfield-Branson National Airport in Springfield, said the Springfield tower got a call about 8:47 p.m. Monday that there was smoke in the cockpit of the two-engine regional jet and the left engine had gone out.

But Powell said there was no smoke in the cockpit and the pilot had shut down the engine.

Steve Wanzek, director of the University of Illinois Willard Airport in Savoy, identified the flight as American Eagle Flight 2940.

That plane normally departs Dallas-Fort Worth at 7:10 p.m. and arrives in Champaign-Urbana at 9:10 p.m.

However, Powell said the flight did not leave until 7:37 p.m. because the aircraft arrived late in Dallas-Fort Worth due to weather.

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787 wrote on July 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

At that point, I would have rented a car at the Springfield, MO airport... and driven back to Champaign.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 24, 2013 at 7:07 am
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That would cost you six hours and a few hundred dollars. And you'd have to drive all night.

Orbiter wrote on July 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

Believe it or not, there are many people who don't drive, so renting a car would not be an option for them.  For those who do drive, assuming they could afford the one-way rental, the routing to Champaign is not necessarily easy for someone who is unprepared for the trip, and getting lost in East St. Louis at 2am is not my idea of fun!

 

Alas, American Airlines has a spotty record of getting people to CMI, even from Chicago.  I've experienced re-routes and delays more than once.  They're almost as reliable as Amtrak.  /s.