Airline official thanks WNRA, responders after plane grounded by engine failure

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - An official with the airline whose plane made an emergency landing in Scottsbluff Wednesday evening was very thankful for the local response.

Aerodynamics Incorporated Chief Operating Officer Mickey Bowman told NBC Nebraska he wanted to issue a ‘big Thank You’ to West Nebraska Regional Airport Director Darwin Skelton and all those who responded when their plane lost power to an engine between en route from Denver to Pierre, South Dakota.

Bowman says between two car rental companies and a shuttle bus, the 47 passengers were able to continue their travels following the emergency landing. He says repairs to the disabled aircraft will likely involve replacing the entire engine. “By the time we run through all the telemetry, then we have to source an engine, we have to ship it in,” says Bowman, “And in this case, since this is not in one of our normal maintenance positions we'll have to make sure we have everything we need, then send a team in, basically.”

Bowman says the computerized data is being sent to Rolls-Royce, the engine manufacturer, for analysis on exactly what failed and what will be needed to get the plane into the air. Bowman says the repair process is likely to take anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks.