Air India flight makes emergency landing at LA airport20/12/2005 - 10:09:44
An Air India flight carrying 273 passengers and crew made an emergency landing in the US after blowing a tyre as it took off.
Air India Flight 136 departed Los Angeles International Airport at 8.33pm local time yesterday for Frankfurt, Germany. The plane safely returned to the airport at 10pm after dumping fuel, said airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles.
Television footage showed sparks flying from the 747-400 aircraft as it made its emergency landing.
There were no reports of injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights at the airport while the aircraft was landing, but operations resumed soon afterward, Castles said.
More than 100 firefighters and paramedics were standing by when the plane returned, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. “We were prepared for the worst scenario to take place,” he said.
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