An American Airlines (AA) flight was forced to return to turn back on Wednesday night (local time) after hitting a sign during take-off.
AA flight 300 was departing New York through John F. Kennedy airport on its way to Los Angeles when the plane had an unexpected encounter with a sign adjacent to the runway, Port Authority spokesperson Steve Coleman told CNN:
The sign “directs pilots as they’re going down the runway,” Coleman said.
It was reported that the plane hit the sign because it was slightly off-centre during its take-off.
The flight took off at 8:40 pm local time but returned to JFK just after 9 pm, AA said in a statement, while the airline also confirmed no injuries were reported. There were 101 passengers and eight crew members on board.