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turism&travel : Sao Paulo bound American Airlines made emergency landing

Tuesday 26 July 2011

"I saw this from my backyard in Castle Hills earlier tonight … it freaked my mom out as we had never seen an aircraft flying so low in the 8 years we've lived close to DFW.
Grateful that they're safe, but that was scary seeing it and not knowing what was going on." - [quote from eye witness]

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said the agency stands by its findings that there was an engine fire aboard an American Airlines jet that made an emergency landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said airport firefighters reported extinguishing a fire in the right engine of the Boeing 777 after it landed Sunday night. The crew of Flight 963 to Sao Paolo, Brazil, returned to Dallas-Fort Worth, because the plane was experiencing engine problems.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said earlier Monday that a warning light indicated there was an engine fire but that an examination determined there was none. He later said the airline is still investigating the matter.

All 246 passengers were redirected to other flights.

Passengers may have mistaken the vapor trail left by fuel being dumped for smoke. He says several tires blew during the landing but that the gear didn't catch fire.

Eye witness reports also say:

James Sherrard Those 777 Boeing planes are incredible aircraft, and you have to admire the American pilots that fly them, there years of flight training and simulator training just for events that occurred tonight.

Debbra Carrol Witnessed this tonight as I was driving out to the barn. He was very low and you could tell he was in trouble.

Eloy Fonseca Neto Congratulations to AA pilots, real heroes who train and work tirelessly towards our safety!!!

I was there... scaring but I am here.

There was also another emergency landing at DFW on Monday morning. American Eagle flight 3368 landed with a hydraulic problem. The aircraft, which had 50 passengers and 3 crew members, was towed to the terminal where the passengers disembarked.

There were no injuries reported in either emergency landing.

Source: wire, eye witness
Autor: eTurboNews