“Delta apologizes to customers on flight 1417 from Tri-Cities to Atlanta that diverted to Knoxville out of an abundance of caution following a possible mechanical issue,” the Delta representative said.
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Flight 1417 took off from Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, Tennessee, on Sunday at 8:19 a.m. and was headed for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. The flight diverted to McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tennessee, landing at 9:16 a.m.
Passengers were placed on another aircraft to limit delays to their arrival in Atlanta, the Delta representative said.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the emergency landing, according to the USA Today report. The FAA did not immediately respond to Business Insiders request for comment.
Boeing has come under fire in recent months following two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft. The 737-800 is an older version of the 737 Max. In October, a Lion Air flight crashed, killing all 189 people on board, and in March an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing all 157 people on board.
Boeing has said it has lost at least $1 billion over the crashes, and the 737 Max has been grounded around the world since March as media reports have raised questions about how Boeing developed and disclosed stabilization technology that may have played a role in both crashes.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Federal Aviation Administration said a Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at McGhee Tyson Airport Sunday morning.
The plane landed safely in Knoxville at 9:17 a.m. A nose gear issue caused the pilot to declare an emergency.
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Delta flight 1417 was headed from Tri-Cities Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when it was diverted.
Delta issued a statement that said the passengers would be moved onto an alternate plane to complete their journey to Atlanta.
“Delta apologizes to customers on flight 1417 from Tri-Cities to Atlanta that diverted to Knoxville out of an abundance of caution following a potential mechanical issue. The aircraft landed and taxied to the gate normally and is being inspected by maintenance technicians. In the meantime, customers are being re-accommodated on an alternate aircraft to more quickly depart to Atlanta.