Plane returns to Phoenix after mechanical problem

PHOENIX - The Federal Aviation Administration says mechanical failure is the reason why a Southwest Airlines flight to Ontario, Calif., had to return to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Passengers aboard Flight 1015 told Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM that a bird struck one of the plane's engines about 45 minutes into the flight Thursday morning.

But the FAA says it was a mechanical problem that took out the jet's right engine.

FAA officials say the jet landed safely and passengers were put on a new plane for the flight to southern California.

No injuries were reported.

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