NORFOLK -- A commuter plane circled Norfolk International Airport just after takeoff Friday and returned to the airport because of malfunctioning flight controls, said Robert Bowen, deputy executive director for the airport.
The American Eagle Airlines flight to Miami took off about 7:30 p.m. with three crew members and 39 passengers on board.
According to Bowmen, the plane’s flight controls would not allow it to climb to the proper altitude, so the pilot circled the airport and landed, Bowen said.
The EMB-145 Embraer landed safely on the runway, taxied to a gate and unloaded its passengers, he said.
Airport emergency personnel were ready and waiting, but were not needed, Bowen said.