Frozen Flaps Force Fast Landing at LAX

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The wing flaps of an American Airlines Boeing 737 broke down on a San Diego-to-San Jose flight, forcing the jet to make a fast landing at Los Angeles International Airport, a spokesman said Friday.

Flight 1058, carrying 87 people, landed safely Thursday night, airline spokesman Marty Heires said.

The jet landed without using flaps, rolling faster and farther than usual, he said. Flaps help an airplane take off and land.

The airliner took off at 7:02 p.m. from San Diego, and the pilot soon noticed that the flaps were frozen at a 5-degree extension, Heires said. The pilot chose to land at Los Angeles International because it has the longest runways in the area.

Passengers were placed aboard another flight for San Jose.

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