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Angels safe after emergency landing at LAX

Jun 2, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Angels received a scare on Wednesday night when their charter flight was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing, the Associated Press reported.

There were at least 60 people aboard the flight, which was returning from Kansas City, where the Angels wrapped up a 6-game road trip with a 2-0 loss to the Royals.

The Angels usually travel through John Wayne airport in Orange County, but were redirected to LAX after the pilot reported the plane having possible hydraulic problems. Fire engines were lined up along the runway, according to the Los Angeles Times, but were not needed as the plane landed without incident.

At 8:57 p.m. L.A. time, Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas tweeted the news:

“Nothing like an emergency landing at LAX to scare the crap out of us…good to be home.”

And at 9:03 p.m. Rojas provided more details:

“Believe it had something to do w hydraulic system & the possibility of having issues coming to a stop…safe landing. Great job by crew.”

Luckily everyone was safe, and were returned to Anaheim via bus, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo!

  1. skerney - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:27 AM


  2. dcburden - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    You can’t stop the Angels, you can only hope to contain them.

  3. cogitobaseballergosum - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    So….Angels watch over themselves? Who knew?

  4. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:44 AM

    What a disgrace, to have to be returned to Anaheim by bus.

  5. kiwicricket - Jun 2, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    John Wayne Airport ????? As in THHHEEEEE John Wayne? Actor? Pretend cowboy? You can’t be serious!!!!! Thats fantastic.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 2, 2011 at 8:38 AM

      Oh, sure BIG statue and everything. Genuine SoCal chintz. Although if you had landed in Orlando you wouldn’t know the difference.

  6. philiplewis1 - Jun 2, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    I wondered what happened to ex-Texas Ranger broadcaster Victor Rojas. He was good. Glad to know he’s still working games.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Even though no one else on the plane was hurt, Scott Kazmir still got battered around.

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