Topekan On Flight That Made Emergency Landing In Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW)-- Engine trouble forced a Republic Airlines flight from Kansas City to Denver to turn around this morning, according to the airline.

Flight 4936 returned safely to the Kansas City International Airport and everyone on board departed the plane as they normally would, said a statement from Republic Airways.

One of the passengers on board was Topekan Rudy Guzman, who was flying from Denver to Lubbock, Texas to help with ESPN on production of the Iowa State-Texas Tech game in Lubbock Saturday.

He said they calmly explained the left engine problem, and that the flight was coming back to KCI.

"We had gone over the drills with the flight attendants about how to brace for impact, it was it really got your heart pumping as to what was going to happen, you see the ground get closer and then the attendants told us to put our heads down and to brace for impact, uh, we read the instructions over and over again."

Maintenance is investigating the issue, they said. The engine trouble was attributed to an oil pressure problem in the left engine.

Seventy passengers in all, and four crew members, were on board the Bombardier Q-400. The flight was canceled and the other passengers were scheduled on other flights, the airline said.

Guzman spent four hours in a Dallas airport, before departing for Lubbock at 7:15 Friday night.

"I have to give all the credit to the pilots and the crew, they did a great job of getting us prepared, and did a great job landing the plane, so it was definitely a life-altering experience, I hope I don't have to go through it again."