Plane carrying 70 passengers makes emergency landing at Tri-Cities airport

The aircraft landed safely Friday afternoon
Plane carrying 70 passengers makes emergency landing at Tri-Cities airport

A flight carrying about 70 passengers made an emergency landing at the Tri-Cities airport Friday afternoon.

Delta Flight 4475 was flying from Pasco to Minneapolis when a light came on indicating a possible problem with aircraft just minutes after it took off at 10:54 a.m., officials said.

“It had just taken off, so it had about four hours worth of fuel on board. It makes planes very heavy to land. So it circled a while, used up some of that fuel,” said Chief Ben Shearer with the Pasco Fire Department.

It circled the airport for about 90 minutes to burn fuel so it could lose weight and land safely. No one on board was injured, officials said.

Ohio resident Amber Ames, one of the plane’s passengers, was in the Tri-Cities for the holidays. She said the plane was off to a rough start before taking off.

“We were late boarding by about an hour and a half,” Ames said. “It was eight hours going from Pasco to Pasco.”

Ames said the passengers had to wait for airport staff spent hours preparing the plane, deicing the runway, then refueling the plane before taking off and circling the airport.

Ames said she rebooked her flight for the same time tomorrow morning.