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Published on : Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The flight had returned about 20 minutes prior to the emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport around 3.52 a.m. on Tuesday, as per LA time.
Passengers of the American Airlines were told by the pilot that it was decided that the plane would return to LA following the discovery of a problem with the Boeing 777-300. The problem was discovered when the flight had completed just two hours of the 14-hour flight.
The pilot told passengers that a fuel leak had developed into the plane. He added that this was the reason why the plan would not be capable of reaching Sydney.
However, at the same time, the pilot requested the passengers not to be alarmed at the sight of precautionary presence of fire trucks at the landing. When the AA73 flight had landed, there were nine emergency vehicles and fire trucks.
The emergency lights of the vehicles were flashing and the vehicles were present on the starboard side of the plane.
The pilot of the plane was quite calm as he informed the passengers that the pane would be stopped on the tarmac. This would permit the plane to be towed into a bay while all its engines would be turned off. Immediately after the plane had landed, all the engines were switched off after seven minutes.
The plane had reached its bay around 4.04 a.m around Tuesday LA time.
The airline authorities provided accommodation to passengers in LA. Also, alternative flights had been scheduled for the following day for Delta, American Airlines and Qantas.