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Originally published May 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 12, 2009 at 9:24 AM

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Boeing 747 engine sucks in luggage container

A large metal baggage container was sucked into the engine of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on Monday as the jetliner prepared to depart with 245 passengers from Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A large metal baggage container was sucked into the engine of a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on Monday as the jetliner prepared to depart with 245 passengers from Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Airport officials said the vacuum created by the air intake of the left outboard engine was so strong that it pulled the empty container off a baggage cart that was either parked or driven too close to the aircraft.

Officials said the container became lodged in the engine's housing.

Japan Airlines took the 747-400 out of service and made other flight arrangements for the passengers and 18 crew members.

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