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By Alexander Smith

A Boeing 777 passenger jet made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport after suffering a cracked windshield, the airline said.

The Virgin Australia flight had just left LAX bound for Brisbane, Australia, when it was forced to turn around after the pilots noticed the damaged window.

A spokeswoman from the airline said in a statement that it landed "without incident" at 2:21 a.m. local time Wednesday (5:21 a.m. ET).

Engineers "rectified the issue" before the plane left for Brisbane at 12:50 a.m. Thursday (3:50 a.m. ET), the airline added.