- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) A parked jetliner waiting for maintenance began rolling and smashed through an airport fence yesterday, coming to a stop with its nose blocking a side street.
"It was parked overnight outside a hanger for maintenance. Somehow it moved. They don't know how. No one was on it. It's under investigation," Los Angeles International Airport spokesman Harold Johnson said. It wasn't being towed or moved, he said.
Investigators were trying to determine whether the American Airlines 767's parking brake was properly set, Mr. Johnson said. He did not know who parked the jet or if the small blocks normally put next to an airplane's wheels to keep the plane from moving had been used.
There were no injuries, and airport operations were not affected, he said.
But some power lines were pulled down, and a telephone line was cut.
"An investigation is under way as to how the aircraft managed to move on its own," American Airlines said in a statement issued from its Fort Worth, Texas, office.
Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said one of the plane's engines was scratched, so the Federal Aviation Administration will have to ensure it is flight-worthy. That was the only apparent damage to the aircraft.
The accident was reported at 8:50 a.m. along World Way West, a little-used road along the western edge of the airport used primarily by airport employees. The jet traveled only about 60 feet, but it was enough to get the nose out 20 feet into the street, officials said.
Power was shut down at several nearby buildings and traffic lights so the lines could be removed. The plane was then towed to the maintenance hanger.

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