American Airlines flight from Miami declares general emergency

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And American Airlines scheduled flight from Miami to Santo Domingo has declared an emergency in the last few moments and is currently making a return.

American Airlines flight AA2171, a Boeing 737-800 operating from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), has declared a general emergency, squawking 7700 as it headed towards the Turks and Caicos Islands whilst enroute.

American Airlines flight AA2171 Miami – Santo Domingo


Flight track of American Airlines flight AA2171 from Miami - Santo Domingo showing return to Miami.
Source: RadarBox.com

Flight data shows that the American Airlines flight had climbed to a cruising altitude of FL330 (33,000 feet). The aircraft subsequently squawked code 7700 and executed a return for Miami.

The nature of the emergency is not yet known. Flight AA2171 currently on descent for its return.

Flight track of American Airlines flight AA2171 from Miami - Santo Domingo showing return to Miami.
Source: RadarBox.com

The flight had made a delayed departure from Miami earlier today. Data shows an actual time of departure as 10:02 EDT, against a scheduled departure time of 08:39 EDT. It is not certain whether this delay has any bearing on the emergency encountered.

The aircraft in question is a Boeing 737-800 registered N929AN; a 23 year old aircraft belonging to the carrier American Airlines.

Source: RadarBox.com

Weather for the return is VFR, with the flight now back in the Miami zone at an altitude of 4,000 feet and being vectored for its approach.

Flight track of American Airlines flight AA2171 from Miami - Santo Domingo showing return to Miami.
Source: RadarBox.com

Flight AA2171 now passing through 1,000 feet turning finals for what will be an approach to RWY09 Miami.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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