American Airlines Flight 268 Emergency Landing in Chicago

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
By George Hatcher

What: American Airlines Flight 268, Boeing 757 en route from Seattle to Kennedy International in New York
Where: emergency landing in Chicago–O’Hare Airport Runway 22 Right
When: Monday 1:42 p.m.
Who: 185 Passengers and crew
Why: Pilot reported electronic problems. An indicator light came on in the cockpit. The plane’s instrument landing system was non-functional, and the pilots had to come in faster than normal, being unable to rely on instrumentation. On landing, the plane blew a tire and slightly overshot the runway. (A traffic controller is quoted as saying “He ran out of concrete before he ran out of speed.” ) Passengers deplaned at 2:05 p.m. on an over-run area off the runway.

Looks like disaster averted. Go AA. Yee ha!

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