US passenger jet makes emergency landing in New York

The flight made an emergency landing due to a loss of pressure in the cabin.

Washington: An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at New York`s John F Kennedy International Airport on Sunday because of a loss of pressure in the cabin, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Flight 883 from Boston to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands diverted to JFK and landed safely at 11:23 am (1523 GMT), FAA spokesman Jim Peters said. There were no injuries reported.

"The crew reported a loss of cabin pressure," he said. "They`ll inspect the aircraft and report back to us."

The cause of the problem on the Boeing 757 was unknown but Peters said it was not similar to the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Arizona on Friday after a hole blew open in the top of the cabin.

"It was not under any circumstance similar to what happened in the Southwest Airlines flight," he said. "There was no gash in the outer skin."

The number of passengers was not immediately known.

On Sunday, US safety inspectors said they found pre-existing damage in the form of "widespread cracking" on the Southwest jet that made an emergency landing after a hole ripped open on the fuselage.

Southwest grounded 79 Boeing 737-300 planes in the company`s fleet to conduct inspections, specifically to address possible "skin fatigue”.

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