United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after smoke enters cockpit

A flight made an emergency landing in Missouri on Sunday evening, reportedly because of smoke in the cockpit.

The United Airlines flight from St. Louis was heading to Denver, but made the emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport just after 7 p.m., KCTV reported.

According to the station, fumes in the cockpit prompted the landing.

There were 37 people on the flight, the station reported, and all were clear to leave. No injuries were reported.

Marcelo Balboa, a former soccer player, tweeted about the incident.

“Smoke on the plane so we had to do an emergency landing in Kansas City airport … @UnitedAirlines_ and there staff did a wonderful job today .. thank you,” Balboa wrote.

An investigation is underway.

A spokesperson for United Airlines told Newsweek: “On Sunday, United flight 464 traveling from St. Louis to Denver diverted to Kansas City. After being cleared by our maintenance team, the flight continued to Denver.”

Newsweek has contacted the Kansas City Fire Department for comment via email.

It comes a day after a Delta Air Lines flight made an unscheduled landing in Utah on Saturday due to technical difficulties.

United Airlines aircraft are seen at Newark
United Airlines aircraft are seen at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 1, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The New York Post reported that an air slide accidentally deployed inside the plane once it was on the ground in Salt Lake City, hitting a crew member. The crew member was transported to hospital, the newspaper reported.

The flight was en route to Los Angeles from New York City when the pilot announced that it would need to make the impromptu landing because of issues with a backup system’s temperature instrument, according to the newspaper.

The flight landed without incident and 168 passengers were asked to deplane. It was reportedly after passengers boarded the plane again that an inflatable slide at the rear of the aircraft was accidentally deployed while it was still at the gate.

One passenger described the slide as “exploding” inside the plane.

Passengers were ultimately booked on another aircraft to get to Los Angeles.

“Delta flight 520, operating from New York-JFK to Los Angeles diverted to Salt Lake City due to a maintenance issue,” a Delta spokesperson said.

“While on the ground, the same aircraft’s slide was deployed by accident. In an effort to get our customers to their final destination as quickly and safely as possible, they have been re-accommodated on a new aircraft. We apologize for the delay to their traveling plans. Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people.”

Update 6/12/23, 5:45 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with additional information.

Update 6/12/23, 8:20 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with a statement from United Airlines.

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