American Airlines MD-80 Makes Emergency Landing at Amarillo Due to Smoke in Cockpit

American Airlines MD-80

American Airlines MD-80 (file)

MD-80 Reliability and Safety Now a Concern?

An American Airlines jet made en route to Albuquerque, New Mexico Tuesday morning diverted to Amarillo for an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit.

American Flight 1099, an MD-80 aircraft with 117 passengers on board, made a safe landing with no injuries reported.

‘Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the event is under investigation.

“We investigate (incidents like these),” Lunsford said. “There’s a required reporting … that goes on.”’

The MD-80, a twinjet airliner with one of the lowest operating costs, entered airline service in 1980.


American Airlines operates the largest fleet of MD-80 series jets in the U.S. at 275 planes. Even though American is phasing them out for newer airplanes, the number of mechanical problems with these planes is concerning, to say the least. Agree?? Sound off in the comments below…

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