Los Angeles Angels Flight Makes Emergency Landing
A Delta charter flight carrying 51 players and staff from the Los Angeles Angels made an emergency landing on Wednesday night at LAX, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The flight, which left Kansas City after an away game at 6:30pm, made the landing after the pilot reported potential hydraulic problems. The plane was diverted from Orange County's John Wayne Airport to LAX because it has longer runways, ESPN reported.
Angel's pitcher Rich Thompson tweeted upon landing: "If your watching kcal 9 right now yeah that's our plane! Glad to be on the ground safe. Pilot did a hell of a job bringing the bird down!"
A team spokesman, Ryan Cavinder, told the Times that the mood on the plane was "serious, quiet" as the flight approached a landing, adding: "Once we were down, there was applause, and everything was back to normal. This is a veteran group of travelers. I know this stuff doesn't happen all the time, but we're used to the procedures."
Team broadcaster Terry Smith said that "the only thing they did ask us to do was to remove any carry-on things that were under our seats and to place them up top. That was the only thing out of the ordinary. No crash procedure. The main concern was, because of hydraulic problem, fear that when braking, something could overheat. There were fire engines everywhere when we landed, but there was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the landing. It was as normal as it could be."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the L.A. Times: "It was really much ado about nothing. The flight attendants and crew did an excellent job of keeping us informed and it turned out to be a very smooth landing. We're all happy and safe and grateful for the job the crew did."
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