Newark-bound JetBlue flight returns to LAX for emergency landing

A JetBlue plane returned to the Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency on Thursday morning. 

FOX 11 learned the A321 aircraft bound for Newark, New Jersey was experiencing a mechanical issue and returned to LAX nearly two hours into the flight. 

Data from FlightAware showed the aircraft had a scheduled departure time of 7:50 a.m. PT and left LAX Gate 55B at 8:29 a.m. PT. It then returned to Los Angeles around 11 a.m.

The flight was due to land in New Jersey at 4:17 p.m. 


The diversion comes at the peak of the Memorial Day holiday travel period, which experts have predicted will be the busiest summer travel season ever.

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In addition, it's the latest in a series of other flights that have been diverted to Los Angeles in recent months. 


No further information was immediately available.