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Delta jet lands safely at LAX with tire-pressure trouble

October 26, 2012 |  8:25 am

LAX lights
A Delta Air Lines jet made a safe emergency landing Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport after a tire lost pressure. 

Some of the 241 passengers aboard Flight 16 from Sydney, Australia, clapped and cheered, according to KTLA-TV, when the Boeing 777 airliner touched down safely about 6:35 a.m.

The Los Angeles Fire Department received an alarm at 6:21 a.m. and sent two rescue ambulances with paramedics and six fire engines with specialized equipment to handle aircraft crashes to stand by, said Erik Scott, a fire department spokesman.

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said it was not clear if the tire, one of 14 on the jet, had blown but the flight crew reported it was low on pressure. The crew declared an emergency to get priority air traffic handling at LAX, he said.  

“This is something our flight crews routinely train for,” Durrant said.

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Photo: Lights at LAX. Credit. Los Angeles Times.

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