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Bumpy Ride: Plane Makes Two Emergency Stops from Boston to LAX
Here is an example of air travel going awry. According to KNBC, an American Airlines flight going from Boston to Los Angeles made not one, but two emergency landings in the course of its westward trajectory. The first stop was at the Louisville International Airport in Kentucky, after a female passenger suffered a medical emergency. After getting back up into the air, the pilot realized that there was something wrong with the plane's anding gear and requested another emergency landing, this time at his final destination of LAX:
Air traffic controllers cleared Runway 25 Left, and a full complement of Los Angeles firefighters were standing by when the plane touched down about 2:30 a.m.
At the time of landing, 197 people were aboard the plane. No one was hurt, but KNBC notes that sparks did fly from what appeared to be "mangled" landing gear.