By Robert A. Baker
Syracuse, NY -- A military aircraft declared an emergency in flight this afternoon before landing safely at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the airport commissioner said.
The plane, an Air Force A-10 close-support fighter based out of Tucson, Ariz., was flying over Syracuse when the pilot discovered a problem with an engine, Airport Commissioner Christina Reale said. The pilot declared an emergency about 4:30 p.m., Reale said.
The airport's fire and aircraft rescue unit responded to the runway and the plane safely landed, Reale said.
The twin-engine aircraft, which has a nickname of Warthog, was towed to the New York Air National Guard base at the airport, where the plane will undergo an investigation to determine what went wrong with the plane, Reale said.