Mechanical troubles force Kansas City plane to turn back twice

Friday, February 26, 2010 | 11:37 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — The same American Airlines flight was forced to return to Kansas City International Airport two days in a row because of concerns about smoke and fumes.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner confirmed that Flight 1592 to Dallas  returned to the airport Wednesday and Thursday.

He says the MD-80 plane returned Wednesday after a compressor stall. Mechanics lubricated the blades inside the engine. He says that Thursday, the extra lubrication burned off, causing smoke and odor in the aircraft.

Robyn Dickinson, a passenger on the Thursday flight, told The Kansas City Star that the pilot apologized to passengers and told them to brace for a hard impact.

The plane landed safely both times, and no one was injured.


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