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Passenger jet circling Los Angeles with blown tire

By: AP
By: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An American Airlines jet carrying nearly 140 people is returning to Los Angeles International Airport after apparently blowing a tire during takeoff for Toronto.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Boeing 737 took off from the airport around 11 a.m. Tuesday. The pilot immediately reported the problem in its left main landing gear and asked to return to the airport.

The aircraft is circling around the airport to burn fuel. Emergency vehicles are preparing for an emergency landing.

American Airlines spokesman John Hotard says 130 passengers and five crew members are aboard the plane.

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