An America West jetliner bound for San Francisco with 43 passengers on board was diverted to a safe landing at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon when a warning light falsely indicated a stuck landing gear after takeoff from John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
Flight 465, which left John Wayne at 1:30 p.m. for an hour flight to San Francisco, circled for more than a hour while the crew tried to correct the problem before landing at LAX. The airport was chosen because it has multiple runways and they are longer than the single strip at John Wayne.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said that the Boeing 737 touched down without incident and there were no injuries.
The airline said an examination of the plane showed that the problem was with the warning light, not the landing gear. The passengers either took other flights or waited for repair of the warning light, the airline said.