After performing at DPAC, comedian experiences emergency landing at RDU Airport

January 31, 2019
Plane makes emergency landing at RDU Airport

A plane that made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport early Thursday morning was carrying comedian Russell Peters, who had just performed in Durham.

Firefighters responded to the airport after Peters’ flight made an emergency landing. It had reported a mechanical issue.

RDU officials said the private aircraft landed safely shortly after 1:30 a.m. In addition to Peters, six other people were on the plane.

On Instagram, Peters posted that the aircraft blew a tire while taking off. The plane had to burn fuel before landing.

Peters performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night.

The plane took off from RDU at 11:42 p.m. and was headed to Dumas, Texas. It turned around above western North Carolina.

Peters posted online that he was OK.

“Good news everyone...The crew and I are ok! Blew out a tire whilst taking off...had to burn fuel and circle back to the Raleigh airport...s*** got scary but all is well,” Peters wrote.

Fans responded that they were glad Peters was OK.

“I bet you said a few words that made the air turn blue,” one Twitter user said. “Glad everyone is okay.”

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