AA flight makes emergency landing in Trinidad

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- American Airlines says a Miami-bound passenger jet has been forced to make an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Trinidad.

Airline spokeswoman Minnette Velez says Flight 1818 turned around Friday after the Boeing 757's pilot detected a hydraulic problem.

Velez says the plane landed safely in Port-of Spain with no reported injuries to the 188 passengers or seven-member crew.

Authorities were forced to close the airport because the hydraulic problem caused the jet's brakes to lock up after it stopped on the runway.

American Airlines says mechanics are trying to determine what caused the problem. Passengers were given hotel vouchers and rebooked on a Saturday flight.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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