Emergency declared on Hawaii bound Delta flight


A Delta Airlines flight that left Los Angeles International Airport for Kona, Hawaii, was forced to return to LAX on Tuesday afternoon after experiencing hydraulic problems, federal officials said.

Delta Flight 1299 departed LAX for Kona, Hawaii, around 3:20 p.m. Shortly afterward, the pilot reported the problem and safely landed the plane back at LAX around 4:50 p.m., said airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez.

No injuries were immediately reported by the 185 passengers and crew on board the plane, Rodriguez said.

The Boeing 757-200 jetliner was carrying about 40,000 pounds of fuel when it landed at LAX’s south airfield, Rodriguez said.

No fires broke out, but the plane was met on the ground by military-size rigs carrying hundreds of gallons of water operated by the Los Angeles Fire Department’s crew at LAX, known as “Crash 80.”

A Delta spokesperson said:” The Delta pilot declared an emergency and decided to return to LAX.”