NORFOLK (AP) -- An Airbus A330 jet from Northern Ireland to Florida made a safe emergency landing in Norfolk after the pilot detected vibrations in one of the aircraft's engines and turned it off.
Wayne Shank of the Norfolk Airport Authority says the pilot radioed the airport from about 60 miles over the Atlantic on Friday afternoon and reported the vibration. He decided to shut it down and land in Norfolk.
With emergency crews on hand, the pilot safely landed at Norfolk International Airport at approximately 2:30 p.m. Shank called the landing routine.
There were 326 people aboard, counting passengers and crew.
"All you could hear was this loud amazing roaring. It was insane. It didn't sound like a normal engine. It sounded clankety clankety, like there's something inside," said Christine Randall. She was with her family at Norfolk Botanical Garden and was watching planes land.
The Thomas Cook Airlines charter originated in Belfast and was en route to Orlando. Shank said the carrier was sending an aircraft from Orlando to pick up the passengers so they can continue their travels.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.