American Airlines Plane Lands After Captain Gets Sick Mid-Flight

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American Airlines aircraft taxi at Miami International Airport in this July 2014 file photo.Lynne Sladky / AP

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By Shamar Walters and Alastair Jamieson

An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Baltimore turned around in mid-air after the captain reported feeling ill, the airline said Monday.

Flight 618, which had 85 passengers on board turned back and landed in Phoenix about one hour and 20 minutes after taking off on Sunday night.

"While en route to Baltimore, the captain of American Airlines Flight 618 felt ill and returned back to Phoenix out of precaution,” an American Airlines spokesman told NBC News. “The aircraft landed without incident."

The flight originally left Phoenix at 4:16 pm local time (7:16 pm ET) Sunday and landed back at the airport at 5:38 pm local time (8:38 pm ET). The flight re-departed at 8:55 pm local time (11:55 pm ET) with another captain.