An American Airlines plane bound for Dallas was forced to turn around and return to Cleveland Friday afternoon due to engine trouble. The difficulty with the engine occurred just after takeoff.
Andrea Huguely, spokeswoman for American Airlines, stated that Flight 1295 had 139 passengers and five crew on board. It landed in Cleveland without further incident. As of Friday evening, the airline was booking passengers on other flights to get them home for Christmas.
A representative for the Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland said that one of the engines on the MD-80 aircraft failed. The problem was visible to those on the ground right as the plane was taking off. The tower immediately ordered the plane’s return.
Based in Forth Worth, Texas, American Airlines is owned by the AMR Corporation, which is operating in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As of September 2012, American and US Airways were discussing a possible merger.