An airplane en route to San Diego from Philadelphia had difficulty landing at Lindbergh Field Tuesday night, according to the airport manager.
U.S. Airways Flight 669 declared an emergency after experiencing a problem with a flap, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The airport manager said the Airbus A320 flew in circled over North County as it tried to troubleshoot what was described as some "major" flap problems.
Passengers on board said the plane circled for about an hour.
"We all panicked a little bit," one woman told NBC 7. "We were up in the air for almost an hour. They were trying to keep us calm."
"I was just praying to God. Everything just went well but yeah, it was kind of scary."
Passenger Anthony Diaz said he's happy to be back home.
"Now we're truly blessed. Back in San Diego. Back to work tomorrow so, we'll be fine," Diaz said.
San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to the runway as a precaution.
The plane landed safely just before 10 p.m.