Were there any journalists, producers or distributors aboard American Airlines #1586 late this morning, which got into trouble as it took off from LAX for Toronto? A landing tire went “kapow!” just as the jet was leaving the tarmac, so the captain circled over Los Angeles, dumped fuel near Catalina Island and came back to LAX for an emergency landing.

If anyone who reads this column was on-board (or knows someone who was on-board), please regale with your hair-raising experience.
I’m leaving tomorrow around 12:30 pm on Air Canada, so HE will be on blackout for about five or six hours.