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Tire issue reported as American Airlines Boeing 777 flight lands in L.A.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 345 safely landed at Los Angeles International Airport after the crew reported a flat tire.
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An American Airlines Boeing 777 at Los Angeles International Airport in 2021.AaronP/Bauer-Griffin / GC Images file

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating another Boeing mishap after a tire issue was reported as an American Airlines flight landed Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

American Airlines Flight 345, which departed from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, landed around 8:45 p.m. local time after "the crew reported a flat tire" on the Boeing 777, the FAA said.

The agency initially said the aircraft “blew a tire during take off” but issued an updated statement Thursday afternoon.

American Airlines said Thursday morning the pilot had received an indication that the pressure was low in one of the aircraft’s tires.

"The aircraft taxied to the gate under its own power and customers deplaned normally," American said.

LAX said the flight landed safely without any further incident.

Wednesday's tire issue comes on the heels of another involving a Boeing plane last week, when a tire flew off a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 shortly after takeoff from San Francisco, prompting an emergency landing at LAX. 

United said at the time that the Boeing 777-200 has “six tires on each of its two main landing gear struts” and is “designed to land safely with missing or damaged tires.”

The incidents are among the latest issues involving Boeing planes to make headlines. Boeing has been under intense scrutiny after an Alaska Airlines door panel on a Boeing 737 Max 9 blew out midair over Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 5. 

The incident prompted the FAA to temporarily ground all Boeing 737 Max 9 airplanes operating in the U.S. and subsequently increase oversight over Boeing aircraft production.