An American Airlines Airbus A320 on approach to its destination declared Mayday due to a burning engine before safely landing without further incident in San Antonio, the United States.
The A320-200 (registered as N111US) was operating a daily domestic flight AA2441 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to San Antonio International Airport (SAT) on September 12, 2020. The aircraft was approaching San Antonio’s runway 13R when the crew announced that the aircraft’s left engine had failed.
According to the report by the Aviation Herald, the crew requested to make a left turn and, after shutting the engine down, flew a left-hand orbit where it safely landed on the runway.
Two days after the incident, on September 14, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the American A320-200’s left engine was on fire while landing.
Among the 75 people on board, no injuries or casualties were reported during the incident.
The Airbus A320-200 that caught fire was manufactured 21 years ago in Toulouse, France. American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) currently sports an A320 fleet of 48 aircraft, 40 of which are in service as of September 15, 2020.
According to flightradar24, the aircraft remains grounded in San Antonio 60 hours later after the incident.