Plane diverted to O'Hare blows tire, goes off runway
"He ran out of concrete before he ran out of speed," one traffic controller source said of the pilot's landing.
The flight was scheduled to arrive in New York at 4:10 p.m., but was diverted to Chicago because of an electrical systems issue, said American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan. The plane's instrument landing system was not working, meaning the pilots had to make a visual landing approach to Runway 22R, rather than relying on the computerized landing system, according to air traffic sources in Chicago.
The plane had to come in faster than normal because its pilots could not rely on their gauges to find them a safe speed and other readouts, the sources said. The plane couldn't slow quickly enough after getting on the ground and ended up with its front tires in the grass.