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Plane makes emergency landing at Hancock Airport

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An emergency landing at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport meant an unplanned layover for nearly 100 passengers Wednesday. No one was injured, and our Sarah Blazonis has more on what went wrong with the aircraft and what passengers say happened just before the landing.

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- "There was just a loud clunking sound underneath our feet and it went silent. I looked at the companion I'm traveling with and said, 'That's not normal,'" remembered Delta Flight 1430 passenger James Hepp.

'Not normal' is not a phrase you want to hear when you're flying thousands of feet in the air, but that's what Hepp and his fellow passengers experienced Wednesday morning.

"They were honest and up-front and just said we had lost a motor," said Hepp.

Delta says the flight was en route from Detroit to Hartford, Connecticut when an engine shut down.

The crew told passengers they'd be landing in Syracuse and that they shouldn't be alarmed by emergency crews at the scene.

"We have an aircraft rescue and firefighting division on sight. Their sole purpose for being here is to respond to aircraft emergencies. They are trained to do so when we have this type of incident," said Aviation Commissioner Christina Callahan.

The plane landed safely just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Passengers say everyone on board remained calm despite some turbulence.

"I just had gotten a cup of coffee and I was kind of - 'Ah, I ain't gonna try to drink this because I'm gonna wind up with it on my lap,'" remembered passenger Jeff Wehner.

The last leg of the journey for most passengers was by bus from Syracuse to Hartford, and those we talked to say the experience hasn't scared them from flying.

"Delta did an awesome job of keeping everyone calm, really nothing to report. They did a great job of getting us landed safely," said passenger Joyce Sturgess.

And many said they expected a normal end to an abnormal journey.

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