Emergency Landing Makes Exec a ‘Believer’

Chuck Dannis, in happier times.
Chuck Dannis, in less-stressful times.

Dallas real estate executive Chuck Dannis has spent a lot of hours on American Airlines flights. But he’s never had such a scare on one as he did this afternoon.

Returning to Dallas from Denver aboard AA Flight 880, Dannis said he was sitting in first-class when he and the other passengers noticed an electrical “burning smell” shortly after takeoff. The plane was diverted quickly to the first available airport—in Pueblo, Colo.—where it made an emergency landing.

“They explained where all the emergency exits were, and told us to assume the crash position,” Dannis said by phone from the airport in Pueblo, where buses were scheduled to pick up the 100-plus passengers and shuttle them to Colorado Springs to board another plane for Dallas.

Then he added, jokingly, “It was enough to make you a believer.”


  • Brent Dudenhoeffer

    Whew…just made that blog post quota.

  • clint

    what a stupid story.

  • RAB

    The quote was mis-transcribed. What he actually said was, “It was enough to make you a Belieber.” And then he signed Anne Frank’s guest book.

  • Pete Moore

    The pilots did just the right thing. Fire is one of the most dangerous situations you can have
    and there have been some deaths when pilots delayed putting the aircraft on the group ASAP.
    Anyone who says a pilot is just a glorified bus driver has it all wrong.

  • LDV

    I was on that flight and it really was frightening. Making the emergency landing was a good call.
    But American Airlines should be ashamed of how they treated their passengers after. After waiting hours to be bussed to Colorado Springs, waiting hours to board a plane to Dallas, we finally arrived at about 11:00PM. (was originally supposed to be a 2 hr flight but turned out to be about 11 hours) Though exhausted, passengers still managed to have a good attitude…..UNTIL we were told to go downstairs to catch the shuttle to a motel 8……..WHICH NEVER CAME ! After about 3 hrs of calling, trying to find someone who could help we finally boarded a shuttle and got to the hotel at about. 2:30… Pregnant Lady with other children trying to hold back tears, elderly couple exhausted, one sick lady who needed medication…… We were all in disbelief how a company could actually treat people like this. There is even more not worth going in to….. SHAME ON AMERICAN AIRLINES !!
    Not difficult to understand why they are in so much trouble.