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Plane makes emergency landing at LR airport, 141 onboard

By Christina Huynh

This article was published August 25, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a problem occurred with the plane's left engine at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock on Sunday, officials said.

Flight 1111 — which was headed to Dallas, TX from Charlotte, N.C. — had 136 passengers and five crew members on board, American Airlines spokesman Stacey Frantz said. The emergency landing happened at about 12:25 p.m. and the plane was an MD-80 aircraft, she said.

No injuries were reported and American Airlines put all passengers onto another flight for Dallas, Bill and Hillary National Airport spokesman Shane Carter said.

Carter said he was told that the Flight 1111 aircraft experienced "failure in one of the engines."

Frantz said the airline company does not know what went wrong with the plane's engine and added, "We'll have to investigate to see what's going on with the engine."

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RBBrittain says... August 25, 2013 at 6:14 p.m.

(a) Check your grammar. The plane did NOT develop engine trouble AT the airport, as your opening paragraph suggests. It was forced to LAND here by engine trouble, which obviously developed IN THE AIR before it landed. Leave guessing WHERE the engine trouble developed to the likely NTSB report.
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(b) And definitely double-check the airport's NAME. IIRC, the current name of the airport as defined by ADG style is "Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Adams Field" (possibly a slash instead of a comma). Omitting George Geyer Adams (AFAIK legally the airport *property* is still Adams Field) may be appropriate, but definitely NOT Bill & Hillary's LAST name (i.e., the name of the commercial air facility on that property)...

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RBBrittain says... August 25, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

For clarity, the full formal name of the airport (per its website) is "Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field". I thought it was a slash, even though it's not exactly good newspaper writing... ;)

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HotSpringsLawyer says... August 25, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

Nobody seems to care about accuracy anymore. But if they shortened the (ridiculously awkward) name to "HillBilly" it would make it easier for remedial writers.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... August 25, 2013 at 6:35 p.m.

And the airline spokesman (apparently actually a woman) really said exactly that?? We'll have to see what's going on?

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mhck52 says... August 25, 2013 at 9:28 p.m.

I was always under the impression the name of an airport tells a pilot the location of the airport, and that's how it's listed in the directory. Since "Little Rock" isn't part of the name looking in the "Ls" won't get a pilot Little Rock. The people running this airport are just plain dumb.

And, give the reporter some credit. At least she/he didn't say "International" airport.

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