Emergency crews met the flight operated by SkyWest Airlines after the crew reported electrical fumes in the cabin of the CRJ-700.
Just days after a United Airlines Boeing 777 returned safely to Denver International Airport following a catastrophic engine failure that scattered debris across Broomfield, another flight experienced an emergency in the skies over Colorado.
An American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines as American Eagle declared an emergency on its approach to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport at 11:13 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24. According to a Pitkin County press release, SkyWest Flight 3150 en route from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Aspen was 17 miles from the airport when it declared the emergency due to a report of electrical fumes in the cabin of the aircraft.
Airport operations, fire, and mutual aid responded to the runway and staged for the aircraft's arrival, according to the release. The aircraft landed safely at 11:24 a.m. on Runway 15 and taxied to the terminal.
The 53 passengers and crew aboard the airplane were able to deplane through the boarding door at the gate. First responders investigated and released the aircraft back to the airline, having found no evidence of any danger or source of the fumes, according to a local news report.
The aircraft involved in the incident was a Bombardier CRJ-700 twin-engine jet, which has a 65-seat capacity. It departed 8 minutes early from Chicago at 8:54 a.m. Central Time and flew for a total of 3 hours and 30 minutes before touching down in Aspen, according to tracking information on FlightAware.com. The plane had arrived in Chicago from Nashville earlier in the morning.
SkyWest operates flights on behalf of United Airlines as United Express, Delta Air Lines as Delta Connection, American Airlines as American Eagle, and Alaska Airlines as Alaska Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines.
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