Two out of the three runways of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) had to be temporarily closed in the afternoon of October 17, 2021, when an American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) aircraft blew its tires upon landing.
At around 16:00 local time, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) flight 4965 was arriving from Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Tennessee, when it stopped in the middle of the runway.
According to this Twitter clip from Statter911 which reports emergency medical service responses around the US National Capital area, the aircraft sat on the runway for about 10 minutes before the emergency crew arrived.
This jet has been stopped in middle of @Reagan_Airport main runway for at least 15 mins. Fire & rescue arrived after about 10 mins. Still there.
AeroTime Hub has reached out to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a statement on the emergency response.
By 19:40 local time, the American Airlines aircraft was removed from the runway.
“American Eagle Flight 4965, operated by Republic Airways, with service from Memphis to Reagan National Airport (DCA), experienced a mechanical problem upon landing in DCA,” American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) said in a statement given to American media.
“The flight landed safely and there were no reported injuries. All passengers were bussed to the terminal.”
The aircraft’s pilot told ABC7 news that they had to use the emergency brakes as the tires were blown. “Yes, the tires were blown on the runway,” the pilot said. “We had to use emergency braking to get the airplane to stop. We were, we were not gonna stop.”
The flight landed safely and there were no reported injuries. All 71 passengers and four crew on board were bussed to the terminal.
DCA reported that by 1815 local time, two of the airport’s three runways were operating and that air traffic operations were back to normal.