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Engine Fails On American Flight, Not For The First Time

American Flight Suffers Engine Problems

An engine failed on an American Airlines flight from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport shortly after takeoff on Friday in an incident that is not uncommon for the airline in recent years.

The plane, a MD-80, suffered the problem shortly after take off on Friday afternoon, but was able to turn around and land again in Cleveland without incident.

Yahoo! News notes that the flight, which was scheduled to go to Dallas, was carrying 139 passengers and crew members. A spokesman for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport stated that people on the ground reportedly saw a problem with the plane’s engine shortly after the plane took off.

The passengers are currently waiting for their luggage to be transferred to another plane so that they can board and leave.

This is not the first time that an American Airlines jet has had engine problems during flight, according to Fox News. In April, an American Airlines plane traveling from Kona, Hawaii suffered engine problems about an hour before it was supposed to land. The crew was able to shut the engine down and land safely at Los Angeles International Airport.

In April of 2011, a MD-82 plane was forced to land just six minutes after it took off from Phoenix, headed to Dallas, because of engine problems, notes ABC-7.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman stated that the plane had just left the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport when it lost power in one engine for an unknown reason. Spokesman Ian Gregor explained that the plane’s captain immediately declared an emergency and the flight circled back to Phoenix where it landed safely.

An American Airlines spokeswoman stated at the time that there was a problem with the plane that kept its left engine from receiving full power. It was inspected and repaired. Passengers on the flight were either given compensation or put on the next available flight to Dallas.

It is not yet clear the cause of the latest flight’s engine problem. Does the latest engine failure on an American Airlines flight make you cautious of booking with them?

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31 Responses to “Engine Fails On American Flight, Not For The First Time”

  1. Anonymous

    I was on flight Monday from Dallas to Columbus, Ohio that had to turn around midway through the flight and return to Dallas, because the plane lost its navigation system and auto pilot controls. It was a MDs80 aircraft also.

  2. Alastair Stell

    Of course if the engines were Rolls Royce there would be a hue and cry. Are the engines too dangerous to be fitted to an MD-80? But no, the article makes no mention of the manufacturers. Pratt and Whitney.

  3. Anonymous

    I no longer trust the MD-80 series of planes. The airframe is good, but they have NEVER fixed the Jack Screw problem, or redesigned it. With these engine failures, it's obvious they're cutting maintenance. I'll be over here on Southwest if you need me.

  4. Glen Merren Ebanks

    Didn't need to read this, got ticket to fly to Miami in January…. Oh well!

  5. Chase Pelletier

    There was another engine failure in Charlotte, NC this morning. They were not fortunate enough to have another plane.. People were stranded and I saw some little kids there also.. Some people said they could not get other arrangements till Sunday and they were stuck there.

  6. Anonymous

    This is why I don't fly anymore. So many bad things can happen on a plane. It's like someone putting a gun to your head, and hoping they don't pull the trigger. I just take the Greyhound bus, everywhere. Plus it's cheaper.

  7. Sherry Lucas

    I wouldn't fly on American if you paid me. I will literally take a connecting flight on any other airline before I would take a direct flight on American. Every other week there is some problem reported about this airline–if it's not a problem with a plane, it's that their entire computer system has crashed for three days. I'll bet there are more passengers inconvenienced, terrified, or stranded on American than on all the other airlines combined. Not to mention that their flight attendants act like they're doing you a favor by allowing you onboard. But it's a vicious cycle–they're going bankrupt because they're lousy, and they keep getting lousier because they are broke. Doesn't bode well for the future or for passenger safety.

  8. Mark Heisser

    Americans computer system has never failed for 3 days that was United.Every airline has gone bankrupt except Southwest ,some even twice.American has over 5 billion in cash and they are getting an average of 2 new aircraft a week so get your facts straight before you open your huge mouth.

  9. Diana Baker

    I fly on American every time I fly, I have never received bad service. I am just short of 2 million miles. I do, however, book my trips knowing the aircraft I will be on and it will not be an MD-80 series. Not only is American's MD-80 fleet old, they inherited TWA's that were even older.

  10. Anonymous

    I read your article on the MD 80 that had up engine failure today at Cleveland. You make it sound like engine failures happen 10 times a day. I have been around aviation all my life, since before I could walk, I'm now in my 60s. I have never been on a jet airliner for business aircraft are general aviation aircraft that has an engine failure. I have tens of thousands of hours of time on planes, as a pilot or passenger. If you want to know what's flying is like go out to the nearest airport and stand there and watch planes land. You will probably be there for years before you see any kind of an accident mishap or any other kind of event that would make the news. Aviation engine failures are very rare they do occur but not very often. When I was a kid I knew a man his first name was Harold, who had 20,000 hours flying time and he'd never had an engine failure. Like I said they do happen but they're rare. I wish you would keep things in proper perspective, with your article and not make it sound so dramatic. As far as the seats coming loose this is the second time I've heard of it happened in aviation, in all my LIFE. Sherry of Oregon you do not need to worry about flying on American airlines they have a very good safety record. Todd

  11. Billy Johnson

    I think anything going bad on a plane in flight can be blown out of proportion simply because of the thought of crashing. The majority of flights experience no trouble

  12. Anonymous

    I am a former pilot of the B-52 aircraft. On my very first flight in the B-52G, we experienced an engine partial-failure on takeoff. Later, in the B-52H, we also experienced engine failures, although infrequently. We were always able to land the aircraft safely. The B-52 was an aircraft system that at that time was over forty years old. The MD 80 is an aircraft system of comparable age. What is relevant is not the age of the system, but the quality of the maintenance. The maintenance level will determine the engine failure level. If this engine failure trend continues without correction, then it would be prudent to avoid this airline. We all know that the airlines have been facing hard times financially, and one area known for cost cutting is in aircraft maintenance. But safety is more important than profits where people's lives are at stake.

  13. James Kelly

    Dahlstrom is incorrect in the sense that just because you have never 'seen" one means they never happen. My daughter is a flight attendant on an airlines that primarily flies MD 83 series aricraft and they have had TWO engine failures in the last year! My daughter was the crew lead on one of those flights, and the pilot was able to turn the aircraft around and return to their departure airport without incident. Scott is right, they are an aging aircraft but still have one of the best safety records of any commercial aircraft still in operation! And there are ALOT of these planes flying everyday without incident.

  14. James Kelly

    Dahlstrom is incorrect in the sense that just because you have never 'seen" one means they never happen. My daughter is a flight attendant on an airlines that primarily flies MD 83 series aricraft and they have had TWO engine failures in the last year! My daughter was the crew lead on one of those flights, and the pilot was able to turn the aircraft around and return to their departure airport without incident. Scott is right, they are an aging aircraft but still have one of the best safety records of any commercial aircraft still in operation! And there are ALOT of these planes flying everyday without incident.

  15. Anonymous

    Never will get on an MD-80 series flight anymore, my wife and I were on a flight from St.Louis to LA and the seal around the rear door slow out and we lost cabin pressure at around 30,000 feet. Of the three flight attendants one was helping put on oxygen mask, one was crying with her head between her legs, and the third was screaming in the cabin we were all going to die frantically and crying. The pilot looked white when we landed, however have to hand it to the captain at least he preformed his job well, the rest not so much. It was so cold we had steam from ever breath we took and was one of the scariest trips ever. I have and will not fly an MD series plane again and try my very best to never fly American again. So hearing one more issue with the plane makes that more reinforced and not to mention one more in the long list of issues these planes have had. I will pay twice as much to avoid flying one of those planes ever again. Still remember the emergency landing in Amarillo Texas and the fire engines and police chasing the plane down the runway, as yes you could see them out the window of the plane when we landed. The stated they had multiple malfunctions alarms after we landed and the American customer service after the landing was just the worse and rudest I have ever had done to me. So To answer if I would fly with them… HELL NO!

  16. Larisa Lewis

    I was on this plane. Most frightening flight I have ever experienced. I got 10000 AAdvantage miles though. Still scary. Not looking forward to my Feb. flight with them…. :/