787 Diverted Mid-flight To New Orleans Due To Mechanical Problem

By on Dec 5, 2012 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted mid-flight to New Orleans on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 after a mechanical problem arose, international news sites reported that day.

Boeing 787

Boeing 787
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According to reports, United Flight 1146 was flying to Newark from Houston when the pilot decided to make an emergency landing to New Orleans. The plane landed safely without incident, with 10 crew members and 174 passengers aboard.

Seattle Times reported that the pilot was heard calmly telling the Houston control center on a recording of the air traffic control exchanges saying “we had an electrical malfunction.”

The pilot observed “multiple messages” indicating some system errors and decided to divert “out of an abundance of caution,” Seattle Times reported.

The exact cause of the incident is not yet clear while United Airlines is still investigating, reports said. According to a person with knowledge to the situation as reported by New York Times, United was examining one of the jet’s generators.

The plane reportedly landed in New Orleans at 9:25 am. The passengers were put on a different aircraft to get them to Newark, reports said.

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