American Airlines passengers were put back onto an aircraft which was forced into an emergency landing the day before after an electrical fault— only for the same thing to happen again.

The passengers had spent an unscheduled night in Phoenix, Arizona, on their way from Los Angeles International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy, because of an electrical fault with a chiller on board the Airbus 321.

But, not long into their replacement flight to New York, staff noticed a similar fault which meant the plane had to land again. They spent less than half an hour in the air before coming back, after what American described as an "electrical smell" from the device.

A spokesman for the airline tells Business Insider that the Airbus 321 had undergone maintenance work between the two flights. After the second landing, it was taken out of service altogether.

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