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Stranded passengers finally head to China

June 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some 70 passengers on China Eastern Airlines stranded at LAX since the weekend finally headed home late Tuesday night.Problems with the landing gear on the Airbus A340 grounded the flight since Sunday.

Most of the original 282 passengers took other flights to Beijing on Monday and Tuesday. The remaining 70 passengers waited for the continuation of the original flight, which finally took off about 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Sunday, passengers waited onboard the jet for four hours as crews tried to repair the landing gear. Eventually they were allowed to leave the jet and crews reportedly worked overnight on repairs.

On Monday, passengers returned, but the same problems occurred as the plane attempted to take off.

Passengers were told to disembark for a second time. That sparked a sit-in at the ticket counter, which prompted airport police to arrive. No one was arrested.

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