September 21, 2005

JetBlue flight faces emergency landing in L.A

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A JetBlue flight with 145
passengers on board developed a problem with its landing gear
and was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport for an
emergency landing on Wednesday, officials said.

Flight 292, which was bound for New York's John F. Kennedy
International Airport, was expected to attempt an emergency
landing, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

"Shortly after the plane took off, the pilot discovered
that he may have a landing gear problem," FAA spokesman Donn
Walker said. "Right now he's over the ocean dumping fuel."

The flight, which took off from Burbank, California shortly
after 3:15 p.m., was scheduled to arrive at JFK at 11:35 p.m.

The Airbus 320 flew past the tower at Long Beach airport,
south of Los Angeles, where officials confirmed the problem
with the landing gear, a spokesman for the airport said.

Television images showed the jet circling with the front
landing gear turned at a 90 degree angle from its normal

A spokeswoman for Los Angeles Airport said she had no
information on an emergency landing there and JetBlue Airways
Corp could not immediately be reached for comment.