Plane lands safely in Los Angeles after declaring emergency

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Posted: Feb 11, 2016 5:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An American Airlines plane with a mechanical problem landed safely Thursday after declaring an emergency and diverting to Los Angeles International Airport.

Flight 564 landed and taxied normally to the gate, where all passengers walked off with their luggage, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Eight people, including a flight attendant, were evaluated by paramedics but none were taken to hospitals, Humphrey said. Passengers reported respiratory irritation.

The pilot declared the emergency while flying from San Jose, California, to Phoenix, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

A mechanical problem was reported aboard the plane, which had 137 people aboard, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said. He did not elaborate. Airline personnel were evaluating the problem.

The airline says all passengers will be rerouted to Phoenix as soon as possible.