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American Airlines flight from Tampa forced to land due to mechanical trouble

TAMPA - An American Airlines flight bound for Charlotte, N.C., was forced to return to Tampa International Airport on Thursday morning after pilots received an error message in the cockpit, according to an American Airlines spokesperson.

Records show flight 2020 was scheduled to depart Tampa at 6:47 a.m., and land at Charlotte Douglas International Airport around 8:30 a.m.

Shortly after takeoff, around 7 a.m., the airport received an alert that the flight had a mechanical issue and needed to return to the airport, TIA spokesman Danny Valentine said. The flight landed safely at 7:18, he added.

According to flight tracking website flightaware.com, the plane made it to skies over Spring Hill before turning around.

"Our maintenance team is evaluating the error message that was received in the cockpit, and our team in Tampa is in the process of rebooking passengers on other flights," American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said. "We never want to disrupt our customers' travel plans and we are sorry for the trouble this caused."

Ross said the twin-jet Airbus A320 has no record of previous issues.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the FAA will investigate the incident.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.

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