Minor malfunctions while in air causes 3 planes to land at Bradley Airport


Three planes made emergency landings at Bradley International Airport on Tuesday.

Bradley International Airport said they launch their emergency response plan in these types of situations.

The Connecticut National Guard said two military planes experienced minor malfunctions while on training missions and landed at Bradley for precautionary reasons.

A Southwest Airlines plane also had to make an emergency landing later that day. No one on board the three planes was hurt.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, you just need to be able to trust the people who are flying the plane who do this every day,” said Shelly Patton of Denver.

Southwest Airlines said their Flight 2515 experienced a lightning strike, causing the plane to make an emergency landing at the airport.

Passengers told 22News they hope that the airline and airport would be prepared in this emergency situation.

“I’ve only experienced extreme turbulence before and I am grateful for only having that experience, but they are professionals up there,” said Nathaniel Davis of Springfield.

Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon told 22News, all FAA airports including Bradley have emergency response plans that they use for emergency landings.

Dillon said the air traffic control tower will report the problem to the airport operator who will dispatch fire and rescue equipment to the runway the landing is taking place.

Dillion added that Bradley is required to test their emergency response plan through a live drill every three years.

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