Qantas Jet Blows Tires at Takeoff, Gets Stuck on LAX Runway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An official at Los Angeles International Airport says an Australia-bound jetliner carrying hundreds of passengers blew four tires while trying to take off and got stranded on the runway.

LAX spokeswoman Treva Miller says none of the 232 passengers or crew on Qantas flight 12 was hurt in the incident late Monday.

Flight operations at the airport are not expected to be affected.

Miller says the pilot aborted takeoff after he noticed a warning light go off as he took the Boeing 747-400 down the runway at 11:05 p.m. The plane came to rest, stuck on an adjacent runway.

Emergency personnel got everyone off the jet without incident.

A Qantas official says the passengers were taken to hotels and would be placed on flights to Sydney later Tuesday.

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