Delta flight headed to Detroit makes emergency landing in LA

WEB UPDATE (10 p.m.): The flight has been delayed and is now expected to arrive in Detroit at about 2:10 a.m.

A flight headed to Detroit had to make an emergency landing Thursday afternoon. There have been no reports of injuries.

Delta Flight 1594 was supposed to depart LAX at 2 p.m. but was forced to land with smoke coming from a rear tire or wheel well.
Firefighters quickly surrounding the plane which has 131 people on board, 125 passengers and six crew members.

Flight 1594 to Detroit Metropolitan Airport left LAX at 1:46 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and landed soon after on runway 25R, the northernmost of the runways that lie south of the main terminal, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

FOX 11 reports a small amount of smoke came from the affected landing gear and firefighters sprayed water as a precaution, according to Humphrey.

Firefighters planned to follow the plane as it was towed to a maintenance area, where the passengers and crew would deplane, he said. 

UPDATE (7:40): Delta released a statement:

"The flight crew of Delta flight 1594 from Los Angeles International Airport to Detroit elected to return to Los Angeles after receiving an indication of a possible issue with the aircraft's hydraulic system. The Boeing 757 aircraft landed without incident; customers will be bused to the terminal while the aircraft is evaluated by maintenance technicians at a remote parking area. Customers will re-depart for Detroit on another aircraft later today. The safety of Delta's customers and crew is our top priority."

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