The engines of an American Airlines Boeing 737 caught fire in a dramatic incident after colliding with a flock of geese during takeoff from Columbus Airport. As a result, the plane had to return and make an emergency landing 40 minutes later.
A video shared on the internet captured a Boeing 737 emitting flames into the sky after colliding with a flock of geese during takeoff from John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
The American Airlines flight 1958, heading to Phoenix, Arizona, departed at 7:43 am. Further, it landed back at the airport at 8:22 am, as reported by FlightAware.
Witnesses at the airport heard unusual noises. They also observed the engine emitting flames after the bird strike.
According to a witness in Columbus, Ohio, the noise from the Boeing 737’s engines after the geese hit it is so alarming. Further that it appeared like the engines were about to fail.
Thankfully, the plane was able to make an emergency landing back at John Glenn Columbus International Airport without any reported injuries.
American Boeing 737 Engine Fire
The American Airlines flight 1958 was originally bound for Phoenix, Arizona, but had to return to Columbus, Ohio, shortly after takeoff.
Videos and photos circulating online show the aircraft’s engine on fire. Subsequently, the plane made a low rumbling noise as it passed through Ohio.
According to an unnamed passenger onboard the flight who spoke with WBNS. The pilot reported that geese had flown into the engine, leading to the fire.
All passengers were accommodated on another flight that departed for Phoenix at around 10 am. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration has taken charge of the investigation into the incident while emergency crews continue to be present at the airport.
Despite the incident, the airport states that it remains operational.
Three days prior to the incident at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Another engine fire occurred on American Airlines Airbus A321 plane at Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina.
A video captured the flames shooting out of the aircraft’s right wing, causing passengers to cry out in fear. The flight attendant tried to calm them down through the intercom.
Fortunately, the plane returned to the gate without taking off, and no one was hurt. Subsequently, the incident is believed to be caused by a mechanical failure. Furthermore, it is currently under investigation.
American Airlines also recently dropped long-haul plans from Seattle. It wanted to fly direct from Seattle to Bengaluru, London and Shanghai.
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