Austin-bound jetBlue plane lands amid engine trouble

This still frame from video provided by KABC-TV shows a JetBlue airliner on the Long Beach Airport runway with emergency slides deployed in Long Beach, Calif.,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The JetBlue Airbus A320 airliner experienced engine problems and returned to the Long Beach, California, Airport on Thursday after a short flight that ended with passengers evacuating the aircraft on emergency slides. (AP Photo/KABC-TV)


LONG BEACH, Calif. (NBC NEWS/KXAN) — An Austin-bound jetBlue flight from Long Beach, Calif., landed before it could even leave the Long Beach Airport amid engine trouble. According to jetBlue’s blog, “the flight crew aboard Flight 1416 reported an issue with the No. 2 engine and returned to Long Beach Airport.”

From Austinite Jonathan Hubbard, who was on board plane that made emergency landing today.
From Austinite Jonathan Hubbard, who was on board plane that made emergency landing today.

The Federal Aviation Administration officials have released a statement:

“JetBlue flight 1416 from Long Beach to Austin Texas, declared an emergency and returned to Long Beach shortly after departure due to a problem with the number two engine. It landed without incident at 9:30 a.m. Passengers evacuated on the runway using emergency slides. You need to ask the airline about the reason for the evacuation. We have no information about any injuries during the evacuation.”

The airplane reportedly landed safely, and all customers and crew members evacuated the plane using slides. There are no reported injuries.

While the runway at Long Beach is closed, inbound flights are being directed to nearby airports. Customers are encouraged to check the status of their flights online.

In early August, jetBlue an engine fire forced evacuation of a New York-bound jetBlue flight before it could take off on Aug. 9, Puerto Rico airport officials said. Puerto Rico airport authority official Rolando Padua said in a statement that the 186 passengers aboard were evacuated after the pilot stopped at 7 p.m. ET before it could take off. Firefighters at Luis Munoz Marin airport then extinguished the fire.

He said three people suffered minor injuries because of the emergency evacuation.

As of 4:30 p.m., according to a JetBlue spokesperson, the replacement plane is being prepped for departure and is expected to arrive in Austin shortly after 7 p.m.

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