AirTran flight makes emergency landing

A twin-engine passenger jet bound for Atlanta Wednesday morning experienced trouble with one engine and had to make an emergency landing in South Carolina.

AirTran Airways flight 311 from Charlotte was scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 9 a.m. Instead, it was forced to land at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport because of an engine problem, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Boeing 717 "landed normally and taxied to the gate," Bergen said.

There was no immediate word on the cause or extent of the problem with the engine, mounted on the left side of the fuselage.

An AirTran spokesman characterized the problem as "minor."

"The captain made the decision, out of an abundance of caution, to divert to Greenville," said the airline spokesman, Christopher White. He said there were 115 passengers and five crew members aboard.

The airplane taxied under its own power to a Southwest Airlines gate, and the passengers were placed on another 717 that was dispatched from Atlanta.

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