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In brief: 757 makes safe emergency landing

Mon., Dec. 12, 2011

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – An engine shut down on a United Airlines jetliner Sunday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in western Colorado with 125 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 757 was flying from Denver to Los Angeles when one of its two engines shut down, and the flight was diverted to Grand Junction Regional Airport, typically a landing spot for smaller aircraft.

Passenger Jim Schreckengast said ground crews at first had trouble finding stairs high enough to reach the door of the 757.

The plane landed safely at about 11:44 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

No injuries were reported.

United spokesman Charlie Hobart said he didn’t know the nature of the problem, or whether the crew shut down the engine or it stopped on its own.

Occupy SF demonstrators arrested

SAN FRANCISCO – Police have arrested dozens of people during a raid of an Occupy San Francisco encampment outside the Federal Reserve building early Sunday.

San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said that around 4 a.m. officers arrested about 55 people for illegal lodging.

No officers or demonstrators were injured, but Esparza said some officers were spit on and one officer was pushed by demonstrators during the arrests.

Esparza said that before police moved in on the encampment demonstrators had been warned on an hourly basis over a 24-hour period that they were subject to arrest.

The arrests Sunday came after at least 85 people were arrested Wednesday when police cleared a separate Occupy encampment in nearby Justin Herman Plaza.


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