American Eagle flight is forced to land in Honolulu, as engine of a 300-seat Airbus A320 on runway fails. See how it all happened on www.nme.com/raol.
A plane en route from Los Angeles to Orlando, Florida, had to make an emergency landing at Honolulu airport on Friday when an engine on the plane failed during take-off.
All of the 401 passengers and crew evacuated via emergency slides safely and the rest of the plane, also made up of 300 seats, came to a halt on the runway.
American Eagle Flight 870 took off from LAX at around 10.30am local time (11.30am GMT) and was over the Pacific Ocean when the engine began to emit smoke, reports have said.
The plane landed safely after a three-and-a-half-hour delay in Honolulu. The passengers and crew disembarked safely and were taken off the plane by bus.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told the BBC: “American Eagle flight 870 was on approach to Honolulu, Hawaii when a mechanical issue occurred with one of the two engines.”
He added: “The aircraft diverted to Honolulu. The remaining flight to Orlando remains cancelled. American Eagle flight 874 from Oakland, California to Orlando, Florida is scheduled to depart approximately 2.30pm local time.”
Another American Eagle flight, a 737-800, is scheduled to depart from Newark airport at 5.00pm local time, he said.
American Eagle, which is owned by AMR Corp, is the seventh largest airline in the United States.
American Airlines is currently known as American Airlines Group.