American jet request to land at Alliance causes brief stir on the ground

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Emergency ground crews were briefly scrambled Thursday when the crew of an American Airlines jet, thinking the plane was low on fuel, asked to land at Alliance Airport, officials said.

The airport received a “call ahead for fuel” for a passenger aircraft, said Mercedes Bolen, a spokeswoman for Alliance Airport. But soon the request was cancelled. The plane had enough fuel to make it to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Bolen said.

MedStar Ambulance was asked to send a unit to Alliance when the plane with 141 passengers aboard was diverted, said spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

“We started a unit toward the airport,” he said. “But we called it off within a couple of minutes, because the tower called us back and said the plane was going on to D/FW.”

Elizabeth Cory, an FAA spokeswoman, said the plane was American Airlines flight 1421 from Tampa, Fla., to D/FW.

The flight landed safely at D/FW at 4:15 p.m., said American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller. The pilot called for an emergency landing “to ensure a prompt landing,” he said.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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