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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Flight to DCA diverted to Dulles

By Washington Post Editors

CIMG0743-1.jpgA worker checks a wing of American Airlines Flight 1068 after an emergency landing at Dulles on Dec. 30, 2010. (Mark Berman/The Post)

1:24 p.m. Update: American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Sanderson said the flight had 147 passengers and six crew members. Officials are reviewing why the pilot felt a diversion was necessary, she said.

"It's just one airport versus another in the same city so there's not even that much of a passenger inconvenience," Sanderson said.

No injuries have been reported, she said.

-- Derek Kravitz

1:10 p.m. Update: Mark Berman, a member of the Post's transportation team who was aboard the aircraft, reports that passengers will be transported to Reagan National via Super Shuttle vans.

1:07 p.m. Update: An American Airlines flight from Miami bound for Reagan National Airport was diverted to Dulles International Airport on Thursday afternoon after the aircraft's landing flaps malfunctioned, airports officials said.

The flight, American flight No. 1068, experienced some difficulty en route to Reagan and changed course to Dulles, which has longer runways, said Tara Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees Reagan National and Dulles International airports. Fire trucks and emergency crews greeted the Boeing 737-800 airliner, which landed at the airport shortly before 12:45 p.m., according to flight records.

American Airlines officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

-- Derek Kravitz

1:05 p.m. Update: Berman reports from the scene that officials are now discussing how to get passengers to Reagan National Airport. One option under consideration is evaulation if the flap problem can be fixed and then flying the passengers to Reagan National.

1 p.m. Update: The flight is American Airlines 1068. Berman says the plane is now sitting on the tarmac awaiting a gate assignment since it was not scheduled to land at Dulles.

According to flight information, the Boeing 737 departed MIA at 10:24 a.m. and was scheduled to land at 12:30 p.m. at Reagan National Airport.

12:57 p.m. Update: The plane landed at Dulles and has been sitting for 10 to 15 minutes with fire trucks and emergency vehicles gathered around. Berman reports that the plane is also being inspected to see if there was bird strike.

12:55 p.m. Update: Berman reports that the captain of the airlines said the flaps on the jetliner were not functioning properly, so the plane diverted to Dulles, which has longer runways.

Original post: The Post's Mark Berman reports that an American Airlines flight he is aboard from Miami International Airport that was scheduled to land at Reagan National Airport has diverted to Dulles because of a flap problem.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 30, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Comments

The passengers are probably in more danger being in Super Shuttle vans than they would have been landing at DCA.

Posted by: yell53 | December 30, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Ms1995hoo flew in from Orlando to Reagan on jetBlue on Tuesday and she said that the pilot made the BS announcement that federal regulations prohibit passengers from standing during the final hour of any flight to Reagan. That hasn't been the rule for years! I wonder how many other pilots are still attempting to enforce that one.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 30, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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