Delta reports two emergency landings


A Delta Air Lines jet bound for Moscow returned safely to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and made an emergency landing after an engine problem. No one was injured.

A second Delta Airlines flight was forced into an emergency landing today, returning to Atlanta with engine failure after it departed for Los Angeles.

Delta Flight 30 landed before 6 p.m. Sunday and taxied to the gate, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said. Earlier reports of a fire on one of the plane’s wings were incorrect, she said.

The plane had taken off from the airport and was en route to Moscow when it reported engine problems and turned back, she said. The plane was scheduled to take off around 4:30 p.m. Sunday and land in Moscow around 10 a.m. Monday.

The Boeing 767 had 193 passengers and 11 crew members on board, CNN television reported.

The passengers were put on another aircraft several hours later and were expected to arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Monday afternoon. The plane’s return flight to New York, Delta Flight 31, which was initially scheduled to depart at 12:10 p.m. Monday, has been delayed until 6:25 p.m., with an arrival time in New York of 9:15 p.m., according to Delta’s online flight tracking system.

The drama at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport came after a Moscow-bound Delta Airlines flight experiencing engine trouble was forced to make an emergency landing today at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The aircraft in both cases landed safely.