Orenair Flight R2554 makes emergency landing after taking off in Punta Cana

          Orenair Flight 2554, which was scheduled to fly to the Russian capital of Moscow, declared an emergency after taking off from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Details about the emergency were not immediately known. (more)

Flight 2554, a Boeing 777 aircraft, took off from Punta Cana International Airport at 6:47 p.m. local time on Wednesday and was due to fly to Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow. It declared an emergency several minutes later.

Flight trackers showed that the aircraft climbed steadily during the first 7 minutes of the flight, until the aircraft changed its course back to the island and began to descend. It reached an altitude just under 4,000 feet at 7:01 p.m.

The aircraft made a safe emergency landing in Punta Cana at 7:24 p.m. local time, and there were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the emergency remains unknown but is believed to have been a mechanical problem.

It is also unknown how many people are on board the aircraft, but a Boeing 777 can carry several hundred passengers.

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