Aborted takeoff at Phoenix airport causes delays

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An engine failure on an American Airlines jet taking off at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport caused delays to dozens of flights for several hours Friday morning.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the MD-80 jetliner was taking off at about 8:30 a.m. when one of its two engines failed, scattering metal debris along the center runway.

The pilot of Flight 806 to Dallas-Fort Worth aborted the takeoff and returned to the gate, and the runway was shut down for about 90 minutes while crews picked up the metal pieces.

Operations at the nation's ninth-busiest airport by passenger count were delayed because the incident left only one runway available for takeoffs and landings. One of the airport's three runways was already shut down because of construction.