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Already-Diverted Flight is Diverted Again For Tripped Smoke Detectors

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | May 16, 2016

Already-Diverted Flight is Diverted Again For Tripped Smoke Detectors

PHOTO: All 136 passengers were unharmed when a United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing. (Photo courtesy United Airlines)

A United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Houston was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday in Austin, Texas, according to KXAN television.

Officials said United Airlines flight 1916 departed Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport en route to Houston Intercontinental Airport, but was diverted to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport because smoke was detected in the back cargo-area of the plane.

But according to the Austin American-Statesman, the flight had already been diverted to Austin due to bad weather conditions in the Houston area.

While the flight was en route to Austin, a faulty indicator light came on causing fire extinguishers to be released in the cargo hold. A United Airlines spokesperson said there was no fire or smoke, just the automated response of the fire extinguishers to the faulty indicator light.

The Austin Fire Dept. met the plane at the gate but the flight landed without incident. All 136 passengers were unharmed.


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