Fluid leak forces American Airlines to evacuate fliers

Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016

American AirlinesAn American Airlines flight was forced to evacuate its passengers Thursday afternoon from ts plane while on the taxiway at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, the Federal Aviation Administration stated.

Passenger Eric Moore said the flight crew of the Airbus 320 thought it might be a fuel leak so they were ordered to evacuate. He said people were not calm as they left the plane. He said he was informed later that the leak was hydraulic fluid.

The crew of American Airlines Flight 1822 reported a leak, the FAA said, and passengers used emergency slides to get off the plane. However, the FAA didn’t disclose what kind of leak was reported. The flight was scheduled to fly to Philadelphia.

The FAA said one runway was closed.

Images on local television showed two airliners at the end of taxiway with emergency vehicles at the scene.

The second plane, a JetBlue flight, didn’t have its slides down and later drove back to the terminal.


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