Pilot of US Airways Express Flight Declares Pre-Takeoff Emergency, Passengers Offloaded

2:56 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  The pilot of a US Airways Express flight declared  an emergency just before takeoff at about 2:40 Friday, according to a spokesman with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The plane, bound for Islip, N.Y., was taxiing for takeoff when the pilot declared an emergency.

Andrew Christie of US Air said that this was a US Airways Express commuter plane operated by Air Wisconsin.

Christie said that during takeoff, an engine heat warning came on. As a cautionary measure, the pilot aborted the takeoff.

The 49 passengers were bused back to the terminal and will continue on another flight. While they were being offloaded, airport operations were halted but have since resumed, according to the MWAA spokesman.

There were no injuries

The plane had three crew members. The plane has been taken out of service and will be inspected





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