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Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, August 11, 2022


Oct. 18, 2001 – American Airlines Flight 655 en route from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to St. Thomas was diverted to Puerto Rico Thursday after unspecified mechanical problems developed.
Aviation sources at Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan said the 757 jet aircraft, which departed New York on time at 8:05 a.m., made the unscheduled landing after "mechanical problems developed in-flight." A source on St. Thomas verified the diversion and said the flight was expected to arrive on St. Thomas around 2 p.m. after a"change of equipment" in San Juan. The plane did arrive as expected, it was later confirmed.
Officials at the Federal Aviation Administration control tower on St. Thomas said the American flight crew reported nothing unusual about the flight other than that it was diverted to San Juan for "unspecified reasons."
Flight 655 departs New York's JFK daily, scheduled to arrive at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas at 12:05 p.m. The aircraft then returns directly to JFK, with scheduled departure from St. Thomas at 1:25 p.m. and scheduled arrival in New York at 5:25 p.m.

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