Emergency landings, flight diversions make for busy day at airport

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2014) – Crews at the Indianapolis International Airport had their hands full Tuesday.

Four planes made emergency landings at the airport and 13 flights from Chicago were diverted to Indianapolis because of bad weather.

According to airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini, the emergency landings included two commercial planes, a military flight and a private jet.

The first landing happened around 8:30 a.m. and involved a United Airlines regional jet headed to Indianapolis from Newark. The crew reported problems with an auxiliary power unit on the 50-seat plane.

Around noon, a military aircraft headed from Camp Atterbury to Fort Wayne was diverted to Indianapolis after the pilot reported a problem with a fuel indicator. The pilot was the only person on the plane.

Delta Flight 2435 from Milwaukee to Atlanta made an unexpected stop in Indianapolis after a reported engine problem. The aircraft landed safely around 2:45 p.m. Bertolini said there were 112 people on board.

Around 7:30 p.m., a Lear Jet reported a possible fire. The plane landed safely.

Weather also wreaked havoc on flights from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Storms forced 13 flights to be diverted to Indianapolis. Bertolini said the number of diverted flights was out of the ordinary.