Engine trouble sends jet back to LAX

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An American Airlines MD-80 jet prepares to land. In 2008, American Airlines cancelled about 200 flights nationwide today so they could inspect some wiring aboard their MD-80 aircraft.

An American Airlines jet carrying 146 people to Texas had an engine problem over Palm Springs and returned safely to Los Angeles International Airport today.

The MD-80 aircraft, flight 2436, was en route from LAX to Dallas-Fort Worth when one of its engines suffered an unspecified problem over inland California, said LAX spokesman Albert Rodriguez in a statement.

The jet landed on one of LAX's southern runways, 25-Right, at 11:56 a.m. Los Angeles firefighters confirmed that they rolled fire trucks to that runway, which were sent back to their stations after the plane landed without incident.

The plane had departed Los Angeles at 10:50 a.m. and was due at DFW at 4 p.m. local time, according to Flighttracker.com.

Passengers were being accommodated on other eastbound flights, Rodriguez said.

Some 2,400 MD-80 aircraft were manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, most of them at its onetime Long Beach factory. Most are still in service.

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