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Sunday morning around 8 a.m., American Airlines flight 1958 scheduled from Columbus John Glenn Airport (CMH) to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) diverted back to Columbus shortly after takeoff. Reports are that the plane struck a flock of geese shortly after takeoff. This caused the right engine to catch on fire and eventually be shut down. The plane diverted back to CMH and there were no injuries reported to any of the passengers or crew.

Plane Strikes Flock of Geese – Engine Catches on Fire

There were a few reports on Twitter that I saw from people both on the ground and on the plane

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Plane Rescheduled

Looking at Flightaware, it looks like the flight eventually took off at 3:30 p.m. on its way to Phoenix – I would have to assume that American Airlines sent a different plane to operate the flight :-). At the time I’m writing this post, the second flight

The Bottom Line

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane bound for Phoenix from Columbus struck a flock of geese shortly after takeoff, causing an engine fire and forcing the plane to be diverted. Thankfully the plane was able to land safely with no injuries to the passengers or crew.

(Featured image not of the actual plane in question)


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