Two US Airways jets that made emergency landings in Charlotte on Saturday night underwent repairs, and one was back in service Sunday, while the other was expected back by Monday.
No one was reported injured in either of the emergencies: an Airbus 320 with pressurization issues that landed about 6:45 p.m. and a smaller Embraer 175 with a hydraulic malfunction that touched down about an hour later.
The Embraer 175, a smaller plane used for regional routes, was repaired after the emergency landing and went back into service on Sunday, said Matt Miller, a spokesman for US Airways. The Airbus 320 will be flying again on Monday.
Miller didn’t have details about the malfunctions and said he didn’t have information about what routes the planes were scheduled to fly after the repairs.
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Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, reached on Sunday, said she didn’t have details about the malfunctions or repairs, either.
Airplane mechanics are certified by the FAA and sign off on repairs, she said. The FAA reviews maintenance records “to ensure that air carriers repair aircraft according to the aircraft manufacturer’s handbooks and the air carrier’s FAA-approved maintenance program.”
Bergen said air carriers, not the FAA, decide how to schedule aircraft, and the government agency conducts inspections when an issue is serious.
“The FAA will inspect an aircraft when a significant problem occurs that prompts an investigation – for example, an engine failure or fuselage damage,” she said.
The plane problems started about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. US Airways Flight 745, an Airbus 320 with 146 passengers from LaGuardia Airport in New York, was already descending for a landing in Charlotte when the pilot “received an indication of a pressurization issue,” according to Miller.
The jet descended quickly from 19,000 feet to 10,000 feet, and the oxygen masks were released, though it was unclear how many people used them.
About an hour later, another flight – US Airways 5782, carrying 28 passengers and four crew members from Greensboro to Charlotte – made an emergency landing at Charlotte’s airport because of an unspecified hydraulic issue.
“A bus met the aircraft on the taxiway and brought the passengers in because the plane had to be towed,” Miller told The Associated Press. “It had to be towed because the steering wasn’t operating properly.” He added that the US Airways Express flight was operated by Republic Airways, one of the regional partners conducting flights on behalf of US Airways.
The US Airways Express flight had originally been scheduled to arrive in Charlotte about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, but it was delayed primarily due to weather.
Miller had no further details on the hydraulic issue involved. The Associated Press contributed.