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American Airlines plane engine caught fire after possible bird strike

(CNN) — An American Airlines plane was forced to return to the airport Sunday morning in Columbus, Ohio, after a possible bird strike could have caused an engine fire.

The Boeing 737 designated for Flight 1958 left Columbus for Phoenix before the crew reported a possible bird strike around 8 a.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The plane made a safe return to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the FAA said.

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This still from video appears to show flames shooting out of American Airlines Flight 1958 over Columbus, Ohio, after a possible bird strike on Sunday. (Credit: Ben Nines)

“Emergency crews responded to an aircraft incident at CMH this morning involving a reported engine fire. The plane landed safely and the airport is open and operational,” John Glenn Columbus International Airport said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The FAA is investigating.

The flight returned safely to Columbus “due to a mechanical problem,” American Airlines said in a statement.

“The flight landed normally and safely taxied to the gate under its own power. The plane was taken out of service for maintenance and our team is working to get customers back to Phoenix,” the airline said in a statement.

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