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Everyone OK after Emergency Landing at JFK

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There was an emergency landing at JFK airport this morning, but officials say there is no sign of a bird strike. American Airlines Flight 309 took off from LaGuardia, but quickly lost power in one engine and was forced to land at JFK. No one was injured. We spoke to passenger Bob Machinist as the plane was taxiing after the safe landing at JFK. Here he describes the "lurch" he felt just 30 seconds after take off, bracing for impact, and the landing on the runway.

American Airlines and the Port Authority say it was a mechanical failure of the right engine on the MD-80 aircraft that forced the flight bound for Chicago to make the emergency landing.

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