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American Airlines A321 hits runway sign during takeoff

New York - On April 10, an American Airlines Airbus A321 had to return to the New York JFK with a damaged wing just after takeoff.

American Flight 300 was bound from New York to Los Angeles when it hit a runway sign on the left during takeoff. The aircraft was flying for 15 minutes when pilots noticed a strong rolling tendency to the left and decided to return. The A321 landed at New York JFK safely at 9:09 p.m.

After the aircraft landed, the damage on the left wing was apparent.

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According to a passenger, the plane was off center during takeoff.

"The plane veered left when it hit something and then it took a sharp right turn at takeoff where I was on the right side of the plane and I was looking straight down at the ground," said Scott Laser, a passenger.

"I cried the whole way back and many others did also," he added.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the incident.



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