San Jose International Airport

American Airlines Plane Experiencing Engine Issue Lands Safely at San Jose Airport

American Airlines Flight 2049, which was heading for Phoenix, returned to SJC shortly after takeoff

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An American Airlines plane experiencing an engine issue landed safely at Mineta San Jose International Airport shortly after takeoff Monday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

American Airlines Flight 2049, an Airbus 320 heading for Phoenix, landed at 11:04 a.m. and taxied safely to its gate to be inspected, FAA and airport officials said.

"Everything went fine and normal until we got up into the air," passenger Thomas Wagner said. "It actually sounded like it was going over speed bumps. The right side motor was going out."

Nate Wilke, who lives near the airport, was working at home when he said he heard repetitive banging noises. When we went outside and looked up, he said he saw flames coming out of the plane's right engine.

"It was loud," he said. "It was definitely loud. It was such an unusual sound."

There were 112 passengers and five crew members on the plane, the airline said.

The FAA will conduct an investigation.

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