It was not clear what went wrong, but it was “an unsettling experience for some of our customers,” Hobart said.
Video showed flames soon after the Boeing 757 had taken off.
A passenger told WABC-TV that it appeared fire was coming from an engine.
“I didn’t know what was happening,” passenger Gabrielle Guzy said. “My sister said she thought it was lights, but I knew it was fire from the engine. I kept reassuring myself we’d be OK because we had only been in the air for a minute.”
The flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally. No one was injured.
The airline arranged for a different aircraft, and the passengers resumed their trip to Los Angeles early Thursday.
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