American Airlines Flight 4890 Diverted to Tri-Cities Airport

Blountville, TN. – Officials at Tri-Cities Airport confirm an American Airlines flight diverted to TRI. Details below:

Airline:  American Airlines (AA)
Aircraft Type:  ERJ145
Flight Number:  4890
Origination/Departure Airport:  Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Destination Airport:  Lexington, KY (LEX)

Incident Description: Crew reported smoke in the cockpit. TCAA aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel responded. Sullivan County Fire and EMS crews also responded. The aircraft safely landed at TRI at approximately 10:06 AM with 52 passengers and four crew on board. No injuries reported. Passengers have deplaned into the concourse.

There is no impact to airport operations.


Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) is a full-service commercial airport serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Kentucky. TRI offers non-stop flights to five hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Orland/Sanford, and St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa) on Allegiant, American, and Delta. For more information about Tri-Cities Airport, visit