Delta flight makes emergency landing
December 30th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Delta flight makes emergency landing

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 en route from Detroit, Michigan, to Phoenix, Arizona, made an emergency landing Thursday morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after reporting engine trouble, an airport spokesman said.

Flight 1921 landed safely, but passengers had to use emergency chutes to evacuate the plane after rescue crews found the craft's brakes were hot.

Two of the plane's 225 passengers and crew suffered minor injuries during the evacuation and were treated at a hospital.

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  1. dd

    Passengers used emergency chutes because brakes were hot? If they were on fire that makes sense, but this seems like an over-reaction.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      There was also a report of smoke in the cabin as well, hence the need for the chutes to be used.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Do you have any idea how large the brakes are on an airliner's wheels? They had engine trouble, which like meant that the brakes were overworked when the made the emergency landing. Overheated brakes are most definitely a danger, they could burst into flame, or spark a flame into the plane's electrical system, or any number of bad scenarios. They could not taxi the plane to the terminal (what if the brakes failed altogether and they drove right into a crowded waiting area?), and were erring on the side of caution only a little in getting the passengers off quickly via the emergency chutes. Think much?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    I'm wondering if anyone grabbed a six pack when going down the chute and said "I'm outta here..."

    December 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    Out of all the major Airlines, Delta has the best safety record as well as the best maintenance program. I'll trust Delta over any of the others any day.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LuluK

      Not since they merged with Delta, they don't. Trust me. I did all kinds of research about it after my own personal "emergency landing" with them, which ended up in the body of our aircraft hitting the runway. Hard.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LuluK

      *Merged with Northwest, I mean.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I agree, lets go by the facts. I am an aviation professional and I don't have time for the silly small talk on here.

      December 31, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bud

    Wife and I have a second home in the U.K. Always use U.S.Air. Go over 3 times each year.
    Stopped flying into Dublin,because they use 757 on that route.
    Spoke to a U.S.Air pilot. "Will not fly that type across the pond,unless I have too."
    For last couple years we fly Philly to Manchester 767.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    How does a failed engine translate into overheated brakes? LOL The pilots must have brought that thing in pretty darn hot.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Beam me up Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here.

      An airliner's engines are used heavily as part of the overall braking system when landing. Ever flown? When landing, did you not notice how loud the engines were? Think about it, if you can. If even one engine were malfunctioning, the brakes would have been overworked during this emergency landing, hence the overheating.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBD

      Because they landed sooner than expected.... They were heavier with fuel than planned for also, further straining the brakes.

      December 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DHoffman

    Ask the "Rainman" which airline has the best flight record. He knows!!!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. laughingtonoend

    Seth, you just won a ticket to retard land fo rposting the dumbest assuming, non-thinking and plain stupid comment you posted.

    Here is a toast to you for a brighter 2011, from all of us, including Delta and United.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DHoffman

    Pilots had to bring that Jet in probably without an engine brake, so had to hit the clamps pretty hard. They get HOT quick!!!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Finally! Someone with more than a couple of brain cells to rub together!

      December 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ron regan

    Somebodt get me a scotch and ginger.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    this is such a non story it's not even funny. Check out the aviation herald for the real details.
    http://www.avherald.com/h?article=43572619&opt=0

    December 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ron regan

    If you see kay,

    December 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ron regan

    Hey,them chutes.Theyre like poop chutes,but bigger?

    December 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. josh

    Maybe Delta should have kept the Northwest airlines name. Didn't hear too many issues happening on nwa planes.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ron regan

    all that money to riide down a slide?shoot,or chute, we got us a slide here at the end of the trailer park that you dont have to fly on to ride!
    dont it drunk a few times,dont recommend it though.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ex F/A

    Let's see... 160 max in coach, 24 in F/C, 3 pilot seats and 5 F/A jump seats equals 192... 32 "lap" babies? I'm guessing someone has their numbers wrong or it wasn't a 757.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • poop

      Um, Delta Boeing 757-300s hold 20 in F and 203 in Y. Counting crew, 225 is completely feasible.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      you guys have too much time on your hands

      December 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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