At approximately 09:15 am on Thursday, Sept. 18, an outbound JetBlue flight from Long Beach Airport reported an engine problem and was rerouted back to Long Beach Airport for an emergency landing at 9:29 am. Evacuation slides were deployed and all 142 passengers deplaned safely along with five crew members.
Airport Operations followed all safety procedures, including closing the runway and associated taxiways. At approximately 11:15 am, two hours after the incident, the aircraft was cleared from the runway and commercial flights resumed at the airport, with some delays expected throughout the day. General aviation activity was not affected.
The Long Beach Fire Department treated three passengers at the scene, and transported one passenger to a local hospital.
The Jet Blue Airbus 320, Flight No. 1416, departed at 9:05 am and was heading to Austin, TX. JetBlue re-booked the passengers on a different flight so they could reach their destination.