Emergency Landing Made in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) _ An American Airlines MD-80 made an emergency landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport today after the pilot reported a stabilizer problem, an airport spokeswoman said.
The airliner was part of the same series of McDonnell-Douglas planes as the Alaska Airlines flight that crashed Monday off the California coast.
The American pilot reported a possible stabilizer problem about 20 minutes after the flight left Phoenix bound for Dallas, airport spokeswoman Suzanne Luber said.
The MD-80 returned to Phoenix, landing safely at about 9 a.m. No injuries were reported, and passengers were put on another plane bound for Dallas.
Officials at Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines had no immediate comment.
The Alaska Airlines MD-83 reportedly had problems with its horizontal stabilizer, which controls the pitch of the aircraft’s nose. Eighty-eight people were aboard the Alaska Airlines flight; no survivors have been found.