American Airlines flight forced to return to airport after engine catches fire


The engine of an American Airlines Boeing 737 caught fire after hitting a flock of geese about 25 minutes after it took off in Ohio on Sunday.

Dramatic video from the ground shows Flight 1958 to Phoenix returning to John Glenn International Airport in Columbus as flames and smoke are seen coming from the right engine.

The plane made it to the ground safely, and no injuries were reported.

The plane departed the airport around 7:43 a.m., with the engine catching fire less than 30 minutes later before the plane was forced to return, landing around 8:22 a.m.

A passenger aboard the plane told NBC 4 he and others aboard the flight heard a loud clanking noise in the plane, with a pilot allegedly telling them they had hit a flock of geese shortly after take off.

After the plane landed safely, the passengers were removed and taken to another flight that left later in the morning.

Pictures of the aftermath show firefighters and airport security putting out the engine fire and inspecting the airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into the incident.

Despite the harrowing event, the John Glenn International Airport said it remains “open and operational.”

The airport and American Airlines did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

The incident comes just three days after another engine reportedly caught fire during take off from the Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina.

The plane landed safely back at Ohio's John Glenn International Airport
The plane landed safely back at Ohio’s John Glenn International Airport.
Firefighters and airport security put out the engine fire and inspected the airplane
Firefighters and airport security put out the engine fire and inspected the airplane.
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The wing of the Airbus A321 flight to Dallas could be seen engulfed in flames as the plane was speeding down the runway to take off. The flight did not take off and the fire was quickly extinguished.

No one was reported injured in the incident, which was reported as a mechanical failure in the engine.

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