A metal baggage container was sucked into a jumbo jet engine as it was leaving a terminal gate at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said today.
The incident happened as Japan Airlines Flight 61 to Narita was pushing back from the terminal gate yesterday afternoon local time, said airport spokesman Marshall Lowe.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said a baggage cart was being towed nearby at the same time and the Boeing 747 engine ingested one of its containers.
The big metal container became lodged in the outer left-side engine of the four-engine jet.
The 245 passengers were taken back to the terminal.
Investigators were examining the jet, Mr Gregor said.