Airliner with Blown Tire Lands Safely at LAX

By: Shaya Tayefe Mohajer AP
By: Shaya Tayefe Mohajer AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An American Airlines jet carrying 135 people returned safely to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday after blowing a tire during takeoff on a flight to Toronto.

The Boeing 737 touched down without incident, a flattened tire visible on the inboard side of its left main landing gear. Each landing gear has two tires. The outboard tire on the left side appeared normal.

The aircraft taxied to a terminal and passengers disembarked, airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez said.

The plane was being moved to a hangar for inspection, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The pilot reported the tire problem after taking off around 11 a.m. and asked to return to the airport for an emergency landing, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Flight 1586, with 130 passengers and five crew members aboard, circled the area to burn fuel, American Airline spokesman John Hotard said.

Numerous fire engines and ambulances assembled at the airport for the landing, which came about two hours after takeoff.

The FAA will investigate the incident, Gregor said.

Last month, passengers used inflatable slides in the evacuation of American Airlines Boeing 757 that made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International after smoke was smelled in the cabin. The airline said oil residue heated by an engine caused the Honolulu-bound flight to turn back on Aug. 5.

Several of those passengers were examined for minor injuries, but none were taken to a hospital.
Associated Press Writer Daisy Nguyen contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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