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Emergency Landing Made in Phoenix

February 2, 2000

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.

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