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Pipe Bursts on American Airlines Flight, Prompting Emergency Landing in LR

The plane was 30,000 feet in the air when the pilot informed them the cold weather caused the pipes to burst, prompting the plane to make an emergency landing at the Clinton National Airport.
There was water into the cabin, there were passengers that were soaked.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A passenger on a flight from Dallas to Baltimore tells us their plane was 30,000 feet in the air when the pilot informed them the cold weather caused the pipes to burst, prompting the plane to make an emergency landing at the Clinton National Airport.

"All the sudden there was a loud noise in the back of the plane," passenger Dan Pyryt told us over the phone. "There was water into the cabin, there were passengers that were soaked."

Shane Carter, with the Little Rock Airport, confirmed American Airlines flight 1106 made an emergency landing at 4:15 p.m. with 147 passengers on board.

"The airline has conducted its review and made its repairs and passengers are boarding to resume their flight," Carter said.

Despite a loud noise on a plane and rushing water in the air, Pyryt was pleased with how the airline handled it all.

"It was a smooth landing," Pyryt said. "It was great, the crew was wonderful, it was very well done."

American Airlines released the following statement regarding the incident:

"American Airlines Flight 1106 from DFW to BWI diverted to LIT this afternoon after a lavatory water pipe burst. The flight landed without further incident and our maintenance team is evaluating the aircraft now. It was an MD-80 with 140 passengers and a crew of five."
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