Possible blown tire prompts LAX emergency landing

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Philippine Airlines jumbo jet carrying more than 400 people has landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport after declaring an emergency amid fears of a blown tire.

After the Boeing 747 touched down smoothly around 9 p.m. Friday, the airport said the airliner was found to have two blown tires on one landing gear.

The pilot initially descended to a low altitude so a police helicopter could inspect the tire's condition, then pulled up again and circled before landing.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said the pilot reported that the jet may have had a blown tire upon takeoff from Manila and declared an emergency landing.

The aircraft idled on the runway as fire trucks and other ground crews surrounded it.

There were 400 passengers and 20 crew members aboard.


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