Airline Malfunction Causes Unscheduled Landing At Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

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Delta Airlines Flight 4061 took off from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport at 5:48 p.m. this evening.  The 40 passenger regional jet was bound for Detroit. 

Shortly after takeoff the pilot realized the nose gear failed to retract so he was forced to return to Avoca and circle the airport until landing clearance was given.  The plane safely landed at 6:41 p.m. 

Airport officials took every precaution and deployed over two dozen emergency vehicles to the runway in case of any further malfunctions when the aircraft touched down.

Passenger reactions ranged from crying and praying to one individual sleeping through the entire ordeal.

The plane was towed to the terminal for inspection.  This was a connecting flight so many passengers were left scrambling to find other connections.

More Details On Benton, PA Plane Crash

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Here is some updated information on the plane crash story below.

The pilot of the crashed plane, James Caswell, 22 of Lake Ariel, PA, was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.  Mr. Caswell suffers from a broken leg and bruises.  There were no other passengers on board.

The rented plane took off from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca and flew to Lancaster.  Caswell was returning to Avoca when the single-engine, fixed-wing Piper aircraft crashed near Benton, PA, Sunday evening around 9 p.m.  The plane was rented from FBO Air WB Leasing, Inc., located at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport.

Fortunately, Caswell was able to reach help by using his cell phone after crashing.

Plane Crash Near Columbia/Sullivan County Border

A small plane crashed on top of a mountain in Jackson Township, Columbia County.  The crash occurred about 9 p.m. last night (Sunday).  Jackson Township is on the border of Columbia and Sullivan Counties.  The nearest town is Benton, PA.

The pilot was 22-year-old James Caswell of Lake Ariel, PA.  Fortunately, Caswell was rescued.  He maintained contact with rescue officials via his cell phone.  The area of the crash is very remote which was a challenge for rescuers.  The plane crashed on top of a mountain, which was described as “all boulders and laurel” by Benton Fire Chief, Ron Robbins.

Geisinger Medical Center‘s Life Flight helicopter found the crash site and was able to help rescue workers, coming a mile and a half up from the bottom of the mountain, find the plane.

Caswell sustained injuries.  The crash is under investigation.