Within an hour, two airplanes have had to execute emergency landings at Kansas City International Airport on Monday afternoon, airport officials confirm, causing the closing of one runway and the possible delay of a number of flights.
Alaska Airlines flight 1097, in route from Dulles Airport in Virginia to Los Angeles, executed a landing at KCI after an odor was detected mid-cabin, according to Alaska Airlines officials. The landing decision was made by the flight’s captain “out of an abundance of caution.,” officials say.
The plane, an Airbus A 320 with 150 passengers, landed safely on runway 1 right at about 3:43 p.m. The aircraft was then removed from service and entered into an inspection process by the airline.
At about 5 p.m. Delta Air Lines flight 923 made an emergency landing on runway 19 left after reporting a fuel leak. The flight was en route from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
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Upon safely landing, airport officials say the Kansas City Fire Department Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting crews laid foam on the runway near the aircraft as a precaution.
Once the situation was deemed safe, officials say the flight’s 117 passengers and its crew were offloaded by air staff to the front of the aircraft and bused to the terminal.
Shortly after that grounding, at about 5:45 p.m. Alaska Airlines flight 1097 en route from Dulles Airport in Virginia to Los Angeles diverted to KCI due to pressurization issues. The plane, an Airbus A 320 with 150 passengers, landed safely on runway 1 right.