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A Flight Is Forced To Return to the Sunport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Delta Airlines flight that departed the Albuquerque airport for Atlanta this afternoon was forced to immediately return after an indication of unsafe landing gear. The flight landed safely.



Flight 1500, an MD-88 aircraft carrying 147 people, lifted off from the airport about 1:30 p.m., Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron told


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“On takeoff, the pilot felt like he had blown a tire on one of the main landing gear” and an indicator light, an unsafe gear warning, appeared, he said.


The aircraft was flow around for about 45 minutes so that fuel could be burned off to make the plane lighter for landing.


In the meantime, airport operations personnel swept the runway looking for debris. None was found.


The plane returned and landed safely.


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There appeared to be no physical issue with the aircraft, Jiron said.


“By all indications, it was a false indicator,” Jiron said.


Mechanics were still trying to determine what caused the warning to appear.


A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the flight is scheduled to arrive at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 8:11 p.m.