NEW YORK (AP / CBS 2) — A Moscow-bound flight carrying more than 200 people returned safely to John F. Kennedy International Airport after one of its two engines failed Sunday night, authorities said. No one was injured.

Delta Flight 30 reported that the left engine of the Boeing 767 had failed shortly after takeoff, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown. The plane departed at about 4:40 p.m. with 193 passengers and 11 crew members, Delta Air Lines said.

The plane dumped fuel and circled the airport before landing back in New York more than an hour after takeoff, authorities said.

Brown said she couldn’t confirm reports that the plane struck a bird before the engine failed. She said that probably won’t be known until the engine is examined during an FAA investigation.

Passengers were put on another jet, which was scheduled to depart for Moscow later Sunday night.

More than 100 firefighters and other emergency crews went to the airport to await the plane’s arrival.

Earlier reports of a fire on one of the plane’s wings were incorrect, said FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker.

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  1. John says:

    Why isn’t CBS or 1010 Wins questioning why the plane flew over residential areas at low altitude with only one engine. What would have happened with a total failure while flying north east over the Elmont, Floral Park, New Hyde Park and Garden City Park areas ???

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