John Glenn Columbus International Airport said in a statement posted on Twitter that emergency crews responded to the incident.
"Emergency crews responded to an aircraft incident at CMH this morning involving a reported engine fire.
"The aircraft landed safely and the airport is open and operational," it added.
A passenger on the plane told NBC News that she could hear "people on the plane crying" after the engine went up in flames.
"My heart just broke honestly for so many people on this plane, I could hear them crying and I just wanted us all to be okay."
Another passenger John Fisher told WCMH of Columbus that the birds made a sound.
“Apparently we struck a flock of geese and the engine started making real loud ‘clonk, clonk, clonk’ noises,” he said. “They eventually turned the engine off and turned around and went back to the airport.”
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