A United Airlines Boeing 737 jetliner with 107 people on board was unable to lock its right landing gear and skidded to a safe emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, officials said.
The jet's right main gear would not lock and the pilot set the plane down on the nose gear, the left main gear and the engine under the right wing, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred O'Donnell. The 102 passengers and five crew members slid down emergency chutes. The flight from Oakland was diverted to Los Angeles from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport at 9 a.m. when a cockpit light indicated an unsafe landing gear.
In another incident involving the airline Tuesday, an explosion in a San Francisco International Airport jet engine maintenance facility injured a United Airlines mechanic. Dale Jackson suffered a fractured hip when a blast ripped a 20-by-30-foot hole in a wall. The cause of the blast was not immediately determined.