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Plane in distress lands safely at San Antonio airport and passes inspection

The passengers on a flight bound for Phoenix had to come back to San Antonio after a possible mechanical issue had been reported.
Credit: Floyd, Jackson

An airplane that reported a potential brake malfunction Friday afternoon has landed safely. That same aircraft is back in use after inspection.

More than a dozen fire units were standing by at San Antonio International Airport to assist the American Eagle plane returning to San Antonio after a distress call.

Aircraft officials reported a potential malfunction with the airplane's braking equipment. The plane headed for Phoenix landed back in San Antonio shortly after 4 p.m.

According to American Airlines public relations officials, the flight was going from San Antonio to Phoenix, In mid-air, there was an indicator in the cockpit that there was a potential mechanical issue.

As a precaution, the flight returned to San Antonio mid-flight. There were no injuries on board nor any official emergencies declared. The team on the ground inspected the aircraft and cleared it to carry on.

A spokesperson for the San Antonio Fire Department says that 82 passengers were onboard the plane, American Airlines flight 5803. The passengers re-departed for Arizona at 5:45 p.m. Officials say there is no further cause for concern.