INDIANAPOLIS — An American Airlines plane en route from Greensboro, North Carolina to Chicago made an emergency landing at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
All 49 passengers and six crew members were safely evacuated from the plane after what American says was a "possible mechanical issue." No injuries were reported.
The Transportation Security Administration tells WRTV the plane's fire suppression system was triggered and a TSA explosives expert helped clear a suspect bag. The TSA also helped with reboarding passengers after all bags were cleared.
American Airlines says a replacement plane was scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority says its emergency police, fire, and public safety response team, along with mutual emergency-response aid from surrounding communities, were in position in anticipation of the emergency landing.
The full statement from American Airlines is below:
“American Eagle flight 3829, operated by Envoy Air with service from Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) to Chicago (ORD) diverted to Indianapolis (IND) due to a possible mechanical issue. The aircraft landed safely at 2:07pm local time and passengers were bussed to the terminal. Our maintenance team is inspecting the aircraft and we are working to get our customers on their way as quickly as possible. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."