News Article - December 15, 2008

  PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) - Three commuter jets with emergencies made safe landings at Philadelphia International on Sunday, and another private plane made an emergency landing in West Chester. Three of the planes had serious fuel problems and one of them had trouble with landing gear. All four of these incidents happened within just a 10 minute span, but they all landed without incident thanks to excellent work by air traffic controllers. "It was an extremely complex event and a series of events that unfolded quickly with no forewarning," said Don Chapman, Controllers Union President.

   At 4:17 p.m., a private plane leaking fuel from its wings was guided by PHL controllers to an emergency landing in Chester County.
At 4:20 p.m., a U.S. Airways plane with defective landing gear made an emergency landing at PHL.
At 4:25 p.m., an American Airlines passenger jet with a low fuel emergency landed safely in Philadelphia.
Finally, at 4:27 p.m., another U.S. Airways plane with a low fuel emergency made a safe landing at PHL.

   All four planes with emergencies safely landed due to the team of controllers on duty. "The adrenaline was flowing, they are wiped out today basically from it," said Chapman. This accomplishment is even more impressive because it happened at the airport's busiest time; 120 flights per hour with two planes taking off or landing every minute.

Source - CBS3