Authorities say a metal baggage container was sucked into an engine of a Boeing 747 at Los Angeles International Airport.
No one was injured.
Marshall Lowe, an airport spokesman, says the incident occurred as Japan Airlines Flight 61 to Narita, Japan, was pushing back from a terminal about 1:30 p.m.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says a baggage cart was being towed nearby at the same time and the engine ingested one of its containers.
The big metal container became lodged in the outer left-side engine of the four-engine jet.
The 245 passengers were taken back to the terminal.
Federal investigators were examining the jet.