Military plane makes emergency landing in Gulfport
The passengers aboard a military plane that made an emergency landing in Gulfport are safe without injuries.
Authorities say the U.S. Coast Guard plane radioed in, reporting smoke was coming out of the cockpit, forcing an emergency landing into the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport shortly after 5 p.m. The plane was a C-130 aircraft with six passengers aboard.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Executive Director Clay Williams tells News 25 authorities are unsure what caused the smoke and there was no visible damage to the plane. “Anytime when there’s an alert that’s called into the air traffic control tower, as I said, extra precautions are taken. The aircraft rescue and firefighting unit at the guard base is notified, they’re always on the scene as first responders here. They were out immediately once the alert was taken.”
Executive Director Clay Williams tells News 25 he’s proud of the way the emergency situation was handled and he’s glad none of the passengers were hurt during the landing.
The aircraft is being evaluated by a mechanic.