Delta flight to Minneapolis makes emergency landing at LAX

Delta Flight 2116 from Los Angeles to Minneapolis made an emergency landing at LAX after pilots had trouble keeping the jet flying on a straight line. The plane landed safely on one of the airport's emergency runways just after 9:30 a.m. PT. 

The problem

Recordings between the pilots and air traffic controllers, posted on, detailed some of the concerns that led to the emergency landing. Within minutes of takeoff, the crew calmly declared an emergency, then explained "we got a yaw problem, and we're having a little trouble controlling the airplane." Yaw rotation is the left-to-right movement of an aircraft's nose.

Flight 2116 circled around the California coast for about an hour to burn off fuel before landing at LAX.

Delta statement

"The crew of Delta flight 2116 from Los Angeles to Minneapolis/St. Paul followed procedures to return to Los Angeles International after a potential systems issue was observed. The aircraft landed safely without incident and taxied to the gate under its own power. Delta is currently working reaccommodate customers while technicians examine the aircraft. Safety is always Delta's top priority and apologizes to customers for the inconvenience."

Other details

The flight originated in Kahului, Hawaii at 11:37 p.m. Monday night, landing in Los Angeles at 6:49 a.m. Tuesday before continuing on to Minneapolis at 8:05 a.m. The flight was scheduled to arrive at MSP at 1:47 p.m.

The flight had 146 passengers and 6 crew members. All passengers were booked onto other flights to continue on to their final destinations.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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