JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at California airport

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Posted: Sep 18, 2014 2:09 PM

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at the airport in Long Beach, California, on Thursday because of a problem with one of its engines, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)spokesman said.

Passengers were evacuated from JetBlue Flight 1416 using emergency slides following the incident at 9:30 a.m. PDT, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told Reuters.

Gregor said he had no information about any injuries to passengers. Local media reported that three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries and one person was taken to a local hospital.

One runway was shut down at the airport, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles, while passengers were removed from the disabled plane.

Local television images showed many of them standing on the tarmac, apparently uninjured, or being loaded onto buses.

A Jet Blue spokeswoman said the airline would issue a statement on the incident shortly.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Bill Trott)