FAA reacts to SkyWest emergency landing

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An emergency plane landing in Buffalo may have seemed hectic, but the FAA says it was a well orchestrated process.

Officials say when crews aboard an airplane contact the FAA about a problem, emergency protocols go into effect. That happened Wednesday when crews said passengers were feeling faint and one passed out aboard a charter flight from Chicago to Hartford.

After declaring an emergency, the FAA will work with the pilots to reroute the flight to the nearest airport. Wednesday’s SkyWest Flight 5622 was diverted to Buffalo, and airspace was made available for an emergency landing.

FAA officials say when a plane lands, first responders will meet the train on the taxiway. Firefighters, paramedics and police greeted the SkyWest flight when it touched down in Buffalo. Eight members of the crash fire response unit rushed to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

A female passenger who the first responders treated was released on the scene, and despite a pending FAA investigation, officials say it was a well carried out response.

The investigation is routine and will inspect the plane to find out if anything actually went wrong.

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