An American Eagle flight from Peoria’s airport made an unexpected return Saturday morning because of a mechanical issue.
Shortly after its 7:41 a.m. takeoff bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Flight 5710 made an emergency return to Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.
The return was necessitated by what airport director Gene Olson described as likely an electronics issue, and occurred when the flight was about 20 miles out from Peoria.
Though the problem likely was minor, Olson stressed that rules governing flights require pilots to behave conservatively to ensure passenger safety..
At least one person aboard indicated on social media that passengers were advised to brace for a potentially rough landing.
There were no apparent injuries involved and the plane made a safe return to Peoria. The flight was not canceled, though as of 9:45 a.m. passengers remained on the ground.
It was not clear Saturday night whether the plane remained in Peoria for a check-up and repairs, or if the passengers took a different American Eagle plane to Dallas/Fort Worth.