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United Airlines flight diverts to LAX after losing a tire

(Reuters) - A United Airlines flight headed for Japan landed safely on Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after losing a tire mid-air following takeoff from San Francisco, the carrier said in a statement.

United said it is arranging for a new aircraft to continue the trip for the 249 people who were on board the Boeing B777-200 jet.

(Reporting By Allison Lampert in Montreal; Editing by Leslie Adler)