A Twin Cities-bound Sun Country flight from New York City was forced back to its originating airport because of an engine problem, a transportation official said Thursday.

The flight from JFK Airport turned around late Wednesday soon after departure on a “report of an issue” with an engine, said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

“They landed without an issue,” Marsico added. As is routine, several emergency vehicles were on the tarmac awaiting the plane’s return.

Officials with the air carrier, which is based in Mendota Heights, have not responded to telephone and e-mail messages concerning the aborted flight.

Paul Walsh