TX: Airplane Departing from SAT Experienced Mechanical Issue After Takeoff

March 17–An indicator light in the cockpit prompted an American Airlines jet to make an emergency landing at the San Antonio International Airport on Friday afternoon, just moments after it had taken off.

The plane, with 82 people on board, was heading to Phoenix when the pilot saw the light, indicating a possible problem with the braking system, said American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller. As a precaution, the pilot decided to go back to the airport.

Twenty units from the San Antonio Fire Department were waiting on the tarmac as the plane returned, but it landed safely at about 4 p.m. Passengers waited on board as maintenance checked out the brakes and gave the all-clear, allowing the plane to take off again at about 6:10 p.m.

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