Plane carrying Angels makes emergency landing

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LOS ANGELES - Possible hydraulic problems forced a plane carrying the Angels home from a road trip to make an emergency landing Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport, according a report.

Team spokesman Tim Mead told CBS2 in Los Angeles that the plane was scheduled to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, closer to where the Angels play their home games in Anaheim.

Instead, the plane made a safe emergency landing at LAX after taking off from Kansas City earlier in the day.

Angels head coach Mike Scioscia called the incident "much ado about nothing" in an interview with the television station and said the team was on its way to Angel Stadium.

"It's the last thing you expect when you fly so much," said Scioscia, adding that there was nothing scary about the landing.

"Scary was waiting for the replay of the home run that [beat us] today in the ninth inning," he said. "That was scary. The landing was smooth."

The Angels lost Wednesday's game to the Royals, 2-0, after Billy Butler hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. The hit was originally ruled a double, then overturned after replays showed it struck near the first row of seats and not off the top of the wall.

LAX said in a news release that 61 people on the plane boarded buses headed for Orange County, CBS2 reported.


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