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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at LAX

An American Airlines flight from Dallas to Orange County made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday morning after the crew discovered a problem with a wing flap, officials said.

The Boeing 737 with 162 people aboard landed safely at 10:30 a.m., according to LAX and American Airlines spokesmen. As a precaution, fire and rescue vehicles were deployed along the runway as the plane touched down, they said.

After spotting the trouble with the flap, which helps control the speed of the plane, the flight crew decided to land at LAX because it has longer runways than John Wayne Airport in Orange County, American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

"If the flaps are impeded, you need a little more room to brake," he said.

The passengers on American Airlines Flight 1805 were transferred to another plane and arrived at John Wayne at 12:45 p.m., Miller said.

He said he had no details about the problem with the flap.

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