Published June 02, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- A charter flight carrying members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim home from an away game made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday after reporting a mechanical problem, officials said.
Airport spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado said the Delta Air Lines Inc. plane with some 60 people aboard landed shortly after 9 p.m.
TV footage showed passengers calmly exiting the plane onto the tarmac as fire trucks waited nearby.
"Nothing like an emergency landing at LAX to scare the crap out of us...good to be home," Angels TV announcer Victor Rojas posted in an online tweet as the plane landed.
Team spokesman Tim Mead told KCAL-TV that the team usually lands at an Orange County's John Wayne airport, but was redirected due to what the pilot had referred to as possible hydraulic problems.
Mead said the club was returning from Kansas City, where they lost to the Royals earlier Wednesday 2-0.
Delta did not immediately respond to a telephone message left by The Associated Press after business hours.