American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing At O’Hare

CHICAGO (CBS) — An engine problem forced pilots on an American Airlines jet to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at O’Hare.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said the plane landed safely and nobody was injured. The flight took off from O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday and reported an engine problem shortly afterward.

A passenger on the flight, which was bound for New York City’s LaGuardia posted on his Facebook page about the incident.

“Wow that scared the s–t out of me,” Brian Novell posted. “I just took off in Chicago and landed 10 min later after the LEFT ENGINE FAILED. American Airlines you owe me big time.”

American Airlines spokesman Mary Frances Fagan said Flight 374 took off at 12:09 p.m. and was forced to return to the airport about 15 minutes later, due to “an issue with its left engine.” The plane landed normally but emergency equipment was called out as a precaution.

The plane taxied to the gate and the 77 passengers on board were booked on other flights.

  • Vicky

    American has an old, junky fleet; no surprise here. They are still flying the same old jets from the late 80’s!

  • Doug

    As of 2:45 P.M. the photo under the headline is that of a DC-10. Good choice.

  • PAUL

    American AIrlines’s maintenance has suffered substantially over the last few years as they try to save money by delaying and deferring work on the airplanes. I know as I fly the airplanes and am watching it happen every time I work

  • Gary Hopmayer

    We were both on that flight. Noticed age and condition of cabin. Should have gotten off. Need to learn age of aircraft b4 we select. Will see if AA gets in touch with us. Both platinum flyers. B650522 & 0654842. Not sure AA will be airline of choice any longer

    • willywonder

      The age of the aircraft is dispalyed right above the entry door on the airworthiness certificate. Planes are built to fly over 30 years. Especially when engines are being changed. Delta has some DC-9 that have been in operation since the 1970’s at they are fine.

  • Mary Liang

    My boyfriend and I were both on that flight yesterday. That was one of the scariest flights I have ever been on. We called AA this morning to see about some type of compensation for putting our lives in danger with their subpar maintenance of their aircrafts and the delays it caused us to miss business meetings. AA initially offered us 5,000 bonus miles each. I could not believe that she even thought that and then told us 5,000 miles would be suffice to offer someone’s life by not properly maintaining an airplane and then to actually putting people on that dangerous aircraft. Then they told us that they are working on a compensation package for all passengers on that plane…. We shall see….

  • laing

    I was also on this flight (the good looking dude in the back of the plane) and I really was not too scared when this happened however afterwards when I think about it… my life was in danger. I sat in the back of the pplane and I heard the wheels go back into the plane right after taking off which was normal. Moments afterwards there was 4 sudden explosions/bangs from the left rear of the plane. The pilot got on the intercom and calmly said he’s never occured anything like that before in his piloting career. We emergency landed back in ohare but the scary thing was that I (and my friend) both smelt an electrical burning smell and there was even smoke coming from the back of the plane. Evene the stewartists were nervous and scared. Madd props to our pilot tho. But ya I missed the bulls vs nets game bc of this flight so ne compensation would be appreciated. If ne1 has the number to call to complain to AA then please lemme know what it is… thanks

  • willy wonder

    It’s 2011 why do people still refer to Flight Attendants as stewardess.

    • craig flemming

      to make people like you upset

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