Delta Flight 2116 makes emergency landing at LAX

Delta flight safely makes emergency landing at #LAX after mechanical problem forced return to L.A.

A Delta Air Lines jet has landed safely after a midair scare forced an emergency return to Los Angeles International Airport.

Carrying 152 people, Delta Flight 2116 landed at LAX just after 9:30 a.m. after circling above Southern California to burn fuel as a precaution, the FAA said.

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Emergency response crews were prepared for the landing, airport officials said. 

The Boeing 757 departed LAX at about 8:30 a.m. with 146 passengers and a flight crew of six, heading to Minneapolis, officials said. But the flight "experienced a problem" after departure, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said.

Los Angeles World Airport spokeswoman Amanda Parsons said the crew reported the plane had a mechanical issue.

Delta was working to make accommodations for the flight's grounded passengers while mechanics examined the aircraft, airline spokeswoman Lindsay McDuff said.

“Safety is always Delta’s top priority, and [the airline] apologizes to customers for the inconvenience,” she said.

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UPDATES

10:39 a.m.: This post has been updated with comment a Delta spokeswoman.

9:48 a.m.: This post has been updated with the plane landing safely at LAX.

The original version of this post was published at 9:15 a.m.

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