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Trouble in paradise: American jet emergency from Hawaii


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An American Airlines flight carrying 147 people on board, including the seven crewmembers, landed safely at LAX Monday morning after reporting engine trouble on a flight from Kona, Hawaii.

Flight 246 was showing trouble with the left engine, said airline spokesman Matt Miller.

Instruments aboard the Boeing 757 jetliner reportedly indicated a problem about an hour before it was set to touch down in Los Angeles, and the engine was shut down.

Miller said says the craft is designed to fly safely on one engine.

No injuries were reported.


Legislation lands a second suspect in the battle between lasers and flying machines

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To purposefully point a laser at an aircraft is now a federal offense, and a Los Angeles 18-year-old faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison for allegedly aiming a green one at an airplane and a helicopter in March.

Adam Gardenhire was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, the second use of new legislation passed last year.

Lasers can blind or distract pilots, according to the FAA, and the growing number of incidents prompted the new measure. More than 3,500 reports were registered last year.

Prosecutors say the man aimed first at a Cessna, and then at the Pasadena police helicopter responding to the pilot's call to authorities.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner