American Airlines

American flight lands safely in Phoenix with blown tire

Authorities say an American Airlines jetliner bound for Phoenix made an emergency landing without incident at its destination after a tire blew out on takeoff from Portland, Oregon.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the Boeing 737-800's pilot declared an emergency Friday morning en route to Sky Harbor International Airport. The Phoenix Fire Department says fire trucks followed the plane as it rolled to a stop and converged on it when it pulled off a runway.

There were no injuries.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade says firefighters who inspected the plane's landing gear confirmed the blown tire but found nothing else wrong.

The plane was then...

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