updated 7/10/2008 12:12:58 PM ET 2008-07-10T16:12:58

An American Airlines flight has returned safely to the Dallas airport after a pilot discovered a problem with the equipment that keeps the plane stable.

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Flight 1767 to Palm Springs, Calif., landed about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. There were 123 passengers on the flight.

The MD-80 aircraft will be out of service while the equipment problem is investigated.

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely told the Dallas Morning News: "They're like cars, they're mechanical items, you never know when they're going to not work right."

On Tuesday, an American flight from Indianapolis to Dallas made an emergency landing in Little Rock, Ark., because of cockpit smoke.

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