Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Pilot Remains Calm After Flares

Pilot Remains Calm After Flares

Update: PHILADELPHIA (WENY)---A runway at Philadelphia Airport was shut down temporarily yesterday after authorities say someone may have shot a flare in the sky near the airport as the plane was landing.

US. Airways spokesman, Todd Lehmacher says flight 4321 from Elmira did land safely Tuesday afternoon. He says crew members reported seeing a possible flare as the plane came in around 1:40.

Philadelphia police say they got a 9-1-1 call about someone shooting a flare gun at an intersection near the airport, but didn't find any evidence.

The pilot did seem calm while reporting the scare to air traffic control.

Pilot: "There's a flare back there, 500 ft Piedmont 4321 on final."

Tower: "There's a what? I missed it, sorry."

Pilot: "It looked like a flare that was shot up."

Tower: "You said there was a flare being shot up say at you?"

Pilot: "Yeah, it was probably wasn't more than 50 feet off our right wing, it looked like a flare gun, it had a little canister that exploded right next to us."

Tower: "Ok. Wow"

The runway was closed for 30 minutes. The plane landed safely, with 34 passengers and three crew members. No injuries were reported.

PHILADELPHIA (WENY) -- A runway at Philadelphia Airport was shut down temporarily this afternoon , after a scare while a plane from Elmira was landing.
     Authorities say US Airways flight 4321 from Elmira was landing at Philadelphia when crew members noticed a possible flare shot into the sky. Philadelphia police say they got a 911 call about someone shooting a flare gun at an intersection near the airport, but didn't find any evidence.
     The plane landed safely, with 34 passengers and three crew members.