Federal safety officials are investigating an American Airlines flight that was cut short last week after it took off from New York to Los Angeles and “struck an object.”
The Associated Press reports the plane tipped in strong wind, and a wingtip hit a runway marker during takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The plane then returned to JFK.
American flight 300, an Airbus A321, took off from JFK at 8:40 p.m. April 10 and landed back at the airport 29 minutes later, American spokesman Ross Feinstein said in a statement to USA TODAY. He noted it taxied to the gate “after the aircraft struck an object upon departure.”
There were 102 passengers on board along with eight crew members. No injuries were reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it’s investigating the incident with help from the Federal Aviation Administration, American and the union for the airline’s pilots.
“We are fully cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation of flight 300,” Feinstein noted.
On a recording by LiveATC.net, one of the pilots is heard telling air traffic controllers that the plane banked sharply to the left during takeoff, apparently from a strong crosswind.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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