SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An engine malfunctioned as an American Airlines flight to Dallas was on the taxiway at Mineta San Jose International Airport early Friday, forcing the 737 to return to the gate, officials said.
Flight 1318 was preparing for its scheduled 6:05 a.m. take-off and “was taxiing the runway when the engine shutdown,” said Mineta San Jose International spokeswoman Vicki Day.READ MORE: 2 Killed in Separate Shootings Saturday in San Francisco Potrero Hill Neighborhood
American Airlines said “another aircraft reporting seeing something (from the engine)… as flight 1318 was taxiing for departure.”
Day said “there was fuel on the engine” which triggered the return to the terminal.READ MORE: Saturday Shooting in Sunnyvale Kills 1; Police Arrest Suspect
The aircraft was checked out by the airport, returned to the gate, and further inspected by our maintenance team. The flight took off for Dallas/Fort Worth at 7:57 a.m. PT.
The plane was returned to the gate where passengers were removed and maintenance crews examined the engine.
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No injuries were reported to crew or passengers. The flight took off for Dallas/Fort Worth at 7:57 a.m.