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AA Flight Makes Frightening Landing in Tampa, Passengers Say

An American Airlines plane bound for Tampa, Florida, was forced to land after a warning light came on in the cockpit, the airline said Tuesday.

According to a spokesman for the Fort Worth-based airline, the Airbus A320, traveling from Phoenix, Arizona, landed safely just before midnight. None of the 146 passengers were hurt.

Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA reported passengers were told to brace for a possible impact upon landing. Passengers said there appeared to be a problem with the landing gear, but an airline spokesman would not confirm this.

Jery Penacoli, a WFLA daytime television host onboard the flight, said the flight attendants yelled "Brace! Brace! Brace!" as he and those around him said their goodbyes to each other.

Penacoli added the pilot deserved high praise.

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