Subj: Delta Flight Bound for Hawaii Returns to Los Angeles
Date: 9/27/00 7:27:05 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Sep 27, 2000 - 06:47 AM

Delta Flight Bound for Hawaii Returns to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Delta Airlines jet headed for Hawaii made an
emergency landing in Los Angeles when pilots heard a grinding noise and
then smelled a burning odor in the cockpit.

Flight 1579 bound for Honolulu left Los Angeles International Airport
about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday for a five-hour flight on the Lockheed L-1011
wide body aircraft, said Bill Kress, general manager of flight
operations communications.

The jetliner was at 19,000 feet when "all three crew members heard a
grinding noise behind the flight engineer's position and began to smell
some electrical fumes. At no time did anyone see smoke or flames," Kress
said Wednesday.

The cockpit crew heard the noise about 20 minutes into the flight while
off the Santa Barbara County coast. Pilots headed back and made the
landing about 3 p.m., Kress said.

The 226 passengers were transferred to another plane and completed their

Kress said engineers were concentrating on a circuit breaker panel.

The FAA was investigating.