News American Airlines flight with mechanical issue returns to JFK An American Airlines plane returned to Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, due to a mechanical problem, an airline spokesman said. Photo Credit: Getty / Allison Joyce By Joan Gralla firstname.lastname@example.org @JoanGralla January 5, 2018 2:07 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email An American Airlines flight bound for Mexico’s Cancun Friday afternoon returned to Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff due to a mechanical problem, the airline said. “The aircraft landed safely, and taxied to the gate,” an airline spokesman said. A spokeswoman for the Port Authority, which owns and runs the airport, said no injuries were reported. She said in an emailed statement that the plane made it back to the gate on its own power. No further information was immediately available about Flight 2681. By Joan Gralla email@example.com @JoanGralla Joan Gralla is a general assignment reporter who also covers parks, flood control and Holocaust restitution. She's a former Reuters correspondent who covered politics, economics and markets. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.