Emergency Landing at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport

January 18, 2006

A passenger plane bound for Roanoke was forced to make an emergency landing at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on Thursday.

At 11:30 a.m., the pilot called the tower to report a small fire and cracked windshield. It safely landed at CHO. All 13 passengers and 3 crew members on board got off safely.

It was Piedmont Airlines Flight 4339 that was scheduled to leave Philadelphia at 10:05 a.m. and arrive at Roanoke at 11:50 a.m. Piedmont Airlines is operated by US Airways.

According to a spokesperson from U.S. Airways, it appears a malfunction in a heating device on the windshield caused it to ignite, cracking the windshield, and then causing smoke to fill the cockpit.

The 13 passengers were provided ground transportation to get to Roanoke.

The 50 seater De Havilland Canada DHC-8-300 Dash 8 plane is grounded right now while the airlines tries to figure out the cause of the malfunction and fixes the problem.

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