An American Airlines plane caught fire after a bird struck it

(CNN) — An American Airlines flight was forced to return to an airport in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday morning after an engine fire may have been caused by a possible bird strike.

The Boeing 737, designated for flight 1958, took off from Columbus to Phoenix before the crew reported a possible bird strike around 8 a.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The plane returned safely to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the FAA said.

This still from a video shows flames shooting out of American Airlines Flight 1958 over Columbus, Ohio, after a bird strike on Sunday. (Credit: Penn Nines)

“Emergency crews responded to an engine fire reported as an aircraft crash at CMH this morning. The flight landed safely and the airport remains open,” John Glenn Columbus International Airport said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The FAA is investigating.

“Due to an engine problem, the flight returned safely to Columbus,” American Airlines said in a statement.

“The aircraft landed normally and taxied safely to the gate under its own power. The aircraft has been taken out of service for maintenance and our team is working to return customers to Phoenix,” the airline said in a statement.

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