Terrifying Moment Boeing 737 with BURNING Engine Returns to Columbus Airport 40 Minutes After Takeoff Following Bird Collide: Eyewitness Says Engines Look Like They’re About to Give Up
- American Airlines Flight 1958 took off from John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Sunday, but was hit by a bird
- It caused the engine to shoot flames and made a “wonky, pulsating noise”
- The plane landed safely at the airport just 40 minutes later
A video posted online showed the terrifying moment a Boeing 737 with a burning engine returned to an Ohio airport just 40 minutes after takeoff.
The 1958 American Airlines flight took off from John Glenn Columbus International Airport at 7:43 a.m., according to FlightAware, a website that tracks flights nationally, but returned to the airport at 8:22 a.m.
Witnesses at the scene said a bird hit it during takeoff, causing flames to shoot from the engine and creating a “wonky, pulsating noise”.
One person in Columbus, Ohio even said it looked “as if the engines were about to give up.” Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries.
The plane has been identified as a Boeing 737-800, but it is not a 737 Max, which has killed more than 340 people worldwide.
American Airlines Flight 1958 returned to Columbus, Ohio, less than 20 minutes after takeoff after a bird struck its engine, causing it to burn.
The flight was scheduled to land in Phoenix, Arizona but had to make a fast spin shortly after takeoff.
Videos and photos posted online show flames coming out of its engine, and the plane making low noises as it passed through Ohio.