An Austin-bound JetBlue flight that departed Long Beach Thursday morning was forced to turn back shortly after takeoff after the pilot declared an emergency with one of the engines, officials said.
Flight 1416 departed Long Beach at 9:17 a.m. and was back on the tarmac at 9:30 a.m., according to Flightaware, a tracking website. The Airbus A320 jetliner only climbed to about 9,400-feet before it began its descent and circled back for an emergency landing.
No injuries were reported, according to a statement from JetBlue.
Pictures posted on social media sites by the flight’s passengers showed fire engines on the tarmac and dozens of people gathered around the jet. Passengers evacuated the flight using the emergency slides, an Federal Aviation Administration official said.
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