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LAX-bound plane makes emergency landing

December 11, 2011 |  4:23 pm

A United Airlines flight from Denver to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Colorado on Sunday after one of the plane's two engines failed.

About an hour into Flight 321, the Boeing 757 began experiencing engine problems, United spokesman Charles Hobart said. The crew diverted the plane to Grand Junction, where it landed safely at 11:44 a.m.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said commercial jets are designed to be able to fly long distances on one engine. 

The cause of the failure has not been determined.

"We won't know what caused the issue until our safety experts have thoroughly examined the aircraft," Hobart said.

The flight's 119 passengers will complete their journey on a different plane, he said.


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