• Charlotte flight returns for precautionary landing, no injuries on plane


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - American Airlines Flight AA704 took off and then made a precautionary landing back to Charlotte-Douglas Airport.

    The flight was leaving Charlotte for Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday.

    The plane took off around 5:30 p.m., but the captain brought the plane back in what was declared an emergency landing. American Airlines officials said he did so as a precaution because of a possible mechanical issue.

    There are no injuries reported.

    "We had a smell in the cabin, it's not in the cockpit,” the pilot said. “It seems to have dissipated, but we're going to come in and make a precautionary landing in Charlotte." 

    The flight finally departed for Germany around 10:33 p.m. on Sunday

    The union representing American Airlines pilots told Channel 9 that the pilots suspected the possible smell of engine oil fumes.

    An American Airlines spokesperson told said there were no toxic risks on the plane, and the aircraft in question, had no previous odor issues.



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