Charleston flight makes emergency landing after winglet issue

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCBD) – A flight from Charleston to Dallas/Fort Worth made an emergency landing Tuesday after experiencing what the FAA called “severe turbulence.”

An FAA spokesperson said the plane was in midair when it was diverted to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport that evening.

American Airlines said Flight 3729, an Embraer E176 operated by Envoy, landed in Birmingham without incident; however, FAA officials said that after landing, crew members reported that a piece of the aircraft’s right fin was missing.

“Maintenance is inspecting the aircraft. The customers have been relocated to another flight that took off last night. We thank our crew for their professionalism, ensuring the safety of other team members and customers on board,” said said an American Airlines spokesperson.

Brandon Owen, who was on the flight, said it was “a surprisingly smooth flight and landing afterwards” and shared photos of the plane’s wing.

Maintenance crews inspect the aircraft. The FAA is investigating the incident.


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