DFW-Bound AA Flight Has Engine Problem

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 PM CDT
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DFW-Bound AA Flight Has Engine Problem

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American Airlines Flight 1962 returned to Phoenix shortly after takeoff after losing power in its right engine.

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An American Airlines flight from Phoenix was forced to land six minutes after takeoff because of an engine problem Thursday.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the MD-82 passenger jet left Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 2:44 p.m. CST when it lost power in an engine for an unknown reason.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane's captain declared an emergency and the jet circled back to Sky Harbor, where it landed safety at 2:50 p.m. CST.

Flight 1962 was scheduled to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

A representative with Fort Worth-based American Airlines said a power problem kept the plane's left engine from receiving full power. It's being inspected and repaired.

Many passengers were placed on the next available flight or received compensation for their ticket.

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