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article imageEngine cover falls off on take off in Arizona, plane has to land

By Karen Graham     Jun 15, 2016 in Travel
Phoenix - An American Airlines flight bound for San Francisco from Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, had to make an emergency landing after part of an engine cover came off as the plane was ascending.
American Airlines flight AA403, with 136 passengers on board landed back at Phoenix Sky Harbor minutes after the scary incident. No one was injured.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor said the incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. MST Monday and the plane was able to land safely about 20 minutes later, returning to Phoenix Sky harbor International Airport. Gregor added that the FAA is investigating the engine cover coming off, reports the San Jose Mercury.
Local radio station KRMG.com said that American Airlines spokeswoman Polly Tracey says the airline is working to determine what happened that allowed the removable engine cover, known as a cowling, to come off during takeoff.
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The parts of the cowling were recovered a short time later on airport property. The flight to San Francisco International Airport was delayed almost three hours but did resume with no further difficulties.
According to Daily Mail Online, last month, Delta Airlines flight 762 with over 100 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee after turbulence ripped off an engine cover. The plane was traveling from Atlanta, Georgia to Chicago, Illinois on Mother's Day when it hit turbulence at 28,000 feet over Cleveland, Ohio.
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