Coast Guard C-130 aircraft makes emergency landing in Clearwater

HC-130JCLEARWATER, Fla.— A Coast Guard aircraft crew safely made an emergency landing at St. Petersburg- Clearwater International Airport, Monday.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft, from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, landed safely at 3:03 p.m. after a crewmember noticed a vibrating sound coming from one of the engines.

The aircrew made the determination to land utilizing only three engines, and at 2:50 p.m. contacted PIE airport air traffic control to conduct an emergency landing.

“We conducted emergency landing procedures out of precaution,” said Lt. j.g. Jeffery Henkel, the co-pilot of the aircraft. “Quick thinking by a well trained crew made a scary situation safe and routine.”

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