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United Flight Returns to Chicago Due to Plane’s Size

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kb4tez:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/united-flight-returns-to-chicago-due-to-plane%e2%80%99s-size/ar-BBOJXmE?ocid=ientp

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Chicago earlier this month after the pilot told passengers the plane was too large to land at a Tennessee airport.
According to USA Today, United Flight 5277 operated by Skywest took off from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on October 16 at 2:44 p.m. local time en route to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Tennessee.
About 30 minutes into the flight, the pilot informed passengers that the plane they were flying in was too big for a landing in Chattanooga, so they would be forced to turn back to O'Hare instead.

United Flight 5277 was scheduled to be operated with a Bombardier CRJ-200, but Skywest flew the route with an Embraer EMB-175 due to the original plane undergoing equipment changes. While the Tennessee airport can support the size of the Embraer, United didn’t have the equipment at the facility to handle the plane once it landed.

joeyb747:
Odd... Maybe lack of a jetway able to squat low enough? That's really the only thing I can think of that would limit an airport's ability to handle the regional jet... The CRJ-200 has self-contained stairs built into the forward left side door, the EMB175 does not...

Or possibly the ground crew at CHA wasn't trained on the EMB175...

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