NY-to-Paris flight diverted to Bangor

Posted Dec. 31, 2009, at 10:39 a.m.

BANGOR — Officials say a New York-to-Paris flight carrying 180 passengers was diverted to Maine’s Bangor International Airport when pilots reported engine trouble shortly after taking off.

Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said no emergency was declared before pilots of American Airlines Flight 120 made the unscheduled landing early Wednesday. Hupp said a water discharge froze and damaged one of the Boeing 757’s two engines.

French media quoted passengers as saying they were told after taking off Tuesday evening that a toilet was leaking.

She said passengers departed late Wednesday morning on a replacement plane. Mechanics were still repairing the damaged plane Thursday.

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