Flight to St. Louis makes emergency landing due to gear problems

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 8:32 PM

DALLAS (KMOV) – American Airlines flight 1862 from Dallas to St. Louis was supposed to land at 8:30 Tuesday morning, but never made it because of landing gear problems.

The plane turned around about 10 minutes into the flight and the passengers were told to brace for a crash landing as the plane touched down at DFW Airport.

"They didn't say if, they said you'll be going down the chutes, take off your shoes if you've got heals on," said passenger Elaine Krieger.

Jim Faulkner, an American Airlines spokesman, confirmed the flight turned back to DFW without incident. Passengers were put on another plane. That plane was set to arrive in St. Louis around 11:20 a.m.

As passengers reflected on the incident, some were left wondering if the landing gear concern was real. American Airlines and its pilots are in a heated labor dispute and the company has accused the pilots of submitting an unusually high number of work orders, causing thousands of delays and cancellations.

Some of the passengers on the plane today were aware of that.

"Some people are cheering as we landed and the rest of us ar thinking, is this a scenerio they created or was it real?" wondered passenger Jeff Estes. "Are they really heroes or are they guys just creating a job action?"

Whether the situation is genuine or otherwise, passengers aboard had a once in a lifetime experence.

"My husband was a pilot with American, I've flown a lot," said Krieger. "Never have I assumed the position."

On Monday, an American Airlines flight from Chicago to Dallas had to make an emergency landing at Lambert because a crewmember had a heart attack.

Kinsaul will have more passenger reaction coming up at News 4 at 5 p.m.

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