UPDATE: American flight from CHA diverted to Huntsville due to in-flight fuel leak
UPDATE: An American Airlines flight that departed Chattanooga for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport early Wednesday morning was forced to make an emergency landing in Huntsville, Alabama after passengers warned the crew of leaking fuel coming from the airborne plane.
Cleveland’s Richard Henson is one of the passengers aboard ExpressJet Airlines Flight 2762, operating as American Eagle, which left Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Henson says the flight, originally set to take off at 5:56am, didn’t leave Chattanooga until 7:30am due to refueling issues.
ExpressJet Air officials say the plane, described as a CRJ-200, landed safely without incident at Huntsville International Airport after the crew reported a mechanical issue with the fuel cap.
ExpressJet, in a statement to WRCB-Channel 3, says they are accommodating the 41 passengers on a replacement aircraft and apologizes to customers for the inconvenience.
Henson says he and other passengers are still waiting in Huntsville for a replacement plane.
PREVIOUS STORY: An American Airlines flight that departed from Chattanooga bound for Dallas early Wednesday morning was diverted to Huntsville, Alabama for an emergency landing.
The flight, AA 2762, was diverted because of a loose fuel filler cap.
Forty-one passengers and a crew of three were aboard the CRJ-200 aircraft.
Aircraft fuel was seen spewing from the wing-mounted tank while in the air, in a video posted to YouTube by passenger Adam Hensley.
The flight landed safely in Huntsville about 6:30am EST, but the latest reports are that the plane has not yet departed for Dallas.
American Airlines told Channel 3 in an emailed statement :
ExpressJet Airlines Flight 2762, operating as American Eagle, from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, landed safely without incident at Huntsville International Airport after the crew reported a mechanical issue with the fuel cap. We are accommodating the 41 passengers on a replacement aircraft. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.
Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBtv.com for more on this developing story.