Sunday, June 07, 2015

Plane with malfunctioning toilets makes unplanned pit stop at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

LOS ANGELES -- A jet heading from Dallas to Honolulu had to divert to Los Angeles, and land with an unusually heavy load of fuel, when three of the six onboard toilets malfunctioned Sunday.

The plane landed with five hours of fuel in its wings, prompting Los Angeles city firefighters to meet the arriving jet with emergency fire apparatus. Boeing 767s do not have ways to dump extra fuel, pilots have said, and the extra weight from the jet fuel makes such a landing unusual.

LAFD's battalion chief said the plane's flaps and brakes worked normally and the plane slowed properly on Runway 25 Left, the southernmost of the four parallel runways at LAX.

There were 212 passengers and 12 crew members on American Airlines Flight 5, a scheduled nonstop from Dallas-Fort Worth to Honolulu.

An American spokeswoman in Dallas told City News Service that maintenance crews at LAX would look into the issue, and that the flight was expected to resume after about an hour.


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