An American Airlines regional flight out of Charlotte, NC bound for Jackson, MS has declared an emergency whilst enroute. The flight subsequently initiated a diversion to Birmingham where it conducted an emergency landing.
Flight AA5962 Charlotte – Jackson
Flight AA5962, an Embraer ERJ145 operating for Piedmont Airlines from Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT) to Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) declared a general emergency with squawk code 7700 whilst transiting Atlanta airspace whilst en route.
Flight data shows the aircraft had climbed to a cruising altitude of FL240 (24,000 feet) before declaring an emergency whilst descending through 10,000 feet.
Diversion to Birmingham (BHM)
The aircraft is proceeding on a diversion for Birmingham (BHM), Alabama, having passed through Atlanta airspace.
Flight AA5962 now landed and clear at diversion airport Birmingham Airport (BHM). The nature of the emergency warranting the unscheduled diversion is unclear at this stage.
Data shows flight AA5962 made an on-time departure out of Charlotte, NC today at 09:13 EST before establishing on track for Jackson (JAN).
The aircraft commenced a descent from cruising altitude FL240 at approximately 10:30 EST; just over an hour after departure. The flight then descended below 10,000 feet, declaring an emergency as it did so, before initiating the diversion to BHM for an emergency landing.
The aircraft conducting today’s AA5962 rotation via Piedmont Airlines is an Embraer ERJ 145LR, registered N691AE; a 23-year old regional airline belonging to the carrier American Airlines.
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