Bullhead City youth team on flight forced to make emergency landing

November 30, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Members of the Bullhead City Firebirds youth football team certainly have a story to tell about their trip to national competition. And at least part of the story won’t have anything to do with football.

Thirty-five members of the team’s travel party — players, coaches, parents — were among the 166 passengers and crew members aboard Frontier Airlines’ Flight 260 from Las Vegas to Tampa, Fla., that had to make an emergency return to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after part of the covering of an engine tore loose.

The team is scheduled to compete in the American Youth Football National Championships Cadet Division (players 10 and younger) in Kissimmee, Florida. Their travel itinerary began with a morning flight from McCarran to Tampa International Airport.

As the Airbus 320 aircraft was taking off around 7:12 a.m., part of the cowling blew off, leaving a portion of the jet’s right engine exposed.

“The flight took off and a couple of passengers on the right noticed that a flap had come off the engine,” said Joe Yoney, a coach of the Firebirds. “Once they saw that, they quickly let the crew on the airplane know and they told the pilots. The crew of the airplane did a good job in calming the passengers down and the pilots did a great job in landing the plane.”

See Sunday’s edition of the Mohave Valley Daily News for more information.

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