In recent years, planes have made a slew of emergency landings for reasons ranging from bad weather to mechanical failure. Some of the more infamous incidents include United Airlines Flight 93 that made an emergency landing in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011, during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2014, a Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800 made an emergency landing in Costa Rica. In 2004, the last official estimate, a Delta Air Lines Airbus A340 made an emergency landing at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland due to a problem with its wheels. It was diverted to Philadelphia International Airport where it safely landed.
Below, images of some of the most stunning but not uncommon airplane landings of recent times.
An Air France flight from Paris landed at the Canary Islands in 2015 due to problems with one of its engines. It had to return to Paris due to bad weather.
A Puerto Rico-bound Aeromexico flight landed in Costa Rica in 2014 after takeoff due to a problem with the tires.
A Chilean Boeing 737-800 made an emergency landing after experiencing engine failure in 2011.
Delta Airlines Flight 25A made an emergency landing in Baltimore after experiencing an engine failure on flight 506.
Air New Zealand’s Boeing 767 crew worked to lower the nose of their aircraft while it was still moving. They were attempting to land after the left wing sheared off during its journey from Wellington, New Zealand, to Auckland.
American Airlines flight 592 made an emergency landing in Austin, Texas, in 2014 after a fire broke out on board at Los Angeles International Airport.
Brazilian Aerolineas Tenerife aircraft made an emergency landing in 2012.