United Airlines plane makes emergency landing when cockpit screens go blank mid-flight

'If we had continued, eventually, I’d be flying blind'

Saturday 06 April 2019 10:55 BST
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Plane forced to emergency land in Dallas after cockpit screens go blank

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A plane had to make an emergency landing when two cockpit screens went blank mid-flight.

United Airlines flight 4390, operated by regional arm United Jet, was en route from Knoxville, Tennessee to Houston, Texas, when it lost two cockpit screens.

It is believed to be due to a cooling issue.

According to ABC News, the flight was then diverted to Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

The pilot then announced to passengers that the flight had to make an emergency landing – because if it hadn’t, it would have lost all the screens.

Rodney Giles, whose parents were travelling on the flight, shared a recording of the announcement.

The pilot said: “Now, if we kept flying, we’d lose them all, eventually, because there’s not enough cooling. There is tremendous heat behind those screens.

“If we had continued, eventually, I’d be flying blind.

“That’s why we are in Dallas right now. It is unlikely this aircraft is going anywhere tonight.”

The plane landed safely and passengers were rebooked on a later flight to Houston.

The Independent has asked United for comment.

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