A Delta flight leaving Kennedy Airport for Moscow Sunday night was forced to return and make an emergency landing after the plane’s left engine shut down automatically, the FAA said.
Holly Baker, FAA spokeswoman, said the agency wasn’t sure what caused the shutdown on the Boeing 767, and that the cause is under investigation. She couldn’t confirm published reports that the pilot thought a bird hit the engine, but said it’s possible.
The Port Authority and the Fire Department said there were no injuries, and the plane landed “without incident then taxied passengers back to the gate.” The flight, carrying about 200 people, landed about 6 p.m.
Initial reports said witnesses saw a fire on the wing of Delta Flight 30, but officials said there was no sign of a blaze.
A fire department spokesman said 106 firefighters from 25 units responded to the report of engine failure just after 5 p.m.
Delta Air Lines didn’t return requests for comment.