A United flight made an emergency landing in College Station on Thursday after smoke was reported on board the aircraft.
According to online flight records, United Airlines Flight 6266 departed Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 6:04 p.m. and landed at Easterwood Airport at 6:43 p.m.
The plane was en route to Boise, Idaho before it was diverted due to a report of smoke in the fuselage of the aircraft. United says it was a “mechanical issue.”
“A smoke detector activated 7 minutes after takeoff from IAH,” said College Station Fire Battalion Chief Greg Rodgers. “A smoke detector activated at the same time flight attendants saw smoke.”
“We have our two young children with us, so we’re just glad to be safe and on the ground,” said passenger Troy Schrenk. He said he never saw smoke in the cabin, but it did “feel considerably warmer” than normal.
Firefighters responding to the incident were unable to find the source of the smoke, according to College Station Fire Battalion Chief Greg Rodgers.
The passengers are being allowed to collect their luggage off the aircraft, and United is reportedly sending another plane from Houston to College Station. It should arrive around 9:10 p.m. and depart around 9:40 p.m.
Passengers said the plane was at full capacity.
Full Statement from United:
“United Express Flight 6266, bound for Boise, diverted to College Station shortly after takeoff due to a mechanical issue. The flight landed safely, and our customers will be boarding a new aircraft this evening to complete their journey. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”