Aviation

Flight forced to return to airport after hitting a SIGN during take-off

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.

“[American Airlines] is swapping flight 300 to a new aircraft, as our team reviews the incident and inspects the aircraft,” AA said. “We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans and we are sorry for the inconvenience.”

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