LOS ANGELES – An American Airlines jet carrying 135 people returned safely to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday after blowing a tire during takeoff on a flight to Toronto.
The Boeing 737 touched down without incident, a flattened tire visible on the inboard side of its left main landing gear. The outboard tire on the left side appeared normal.
"We commend the pilot for his flawless landing," American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said.
The pilot reported the tire problem after taking off around 11 a.m. and asked to return to the airport for an emergency landing, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
Flight 1586, with 130 passengers and five crew members aboard, circled the area to burn fuel.
Numerous fire engines and ambulances assembled at the airport for the landing, which came about two hours after takeoff.
The aircraft taxied to a terminal and passengers disembarked. They were rebooked on another plane, Wagner said.
The 737 was taken out of service for replacement of the tire and to be inspected for any damage that might have occurred when the tire blew.
The FAA will investigate the incident, Gregor said.
Last month, passengers used inflatable slides in the evacuation of American Airlines Boeing 757 that made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International after smoke was smelled in the cabin. The airline said oil residue heated by an engine caused the Honolulu-bound flight to turn back on Aug. 5.
Several of those passengers were examined for minor injuries, but none were taken to a hospital.