United Airlines Flight Diverted To New York Due To Cockpit Smoke

A United Airlines flight traveling from Chicago to Montreal, Canada, was diverted to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Cheektowaga, New York, on Wednesday after smoke was seen coming out of the cockpit, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

The plane was carrying 50 passengers and three crew members at the time and landed safely at the Buffalo airport at 4:22 p.m. EDT, local news outlet the Cheektowaga Chronicle reported. Firefighters immediately surrounded the plane after it landed. Passengers had to spend 6 hours at the airport while waiting for the aircraft to be readied. 

United Flight 3968 was delayed by 6 hours 36 minutes. Instead of its scheduled 5:05 p.m. EDT arrival, it landed at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport at 11:41 p.m. EDT. The official reason stated for the delay on the airline’s website was “aircraft maintenance.”

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On Tuesday, another flight of the same airlines made an emergency landing in Newark, New Jersey, after a “mechanical issue,” as the windshield in the cockpit seemed to have been shattered. There also appeared to be a medical emergency on the flight, the details of which were not available.

The passengers of the flight were provided rooms for the night and they departed on a new flight on Wednesday, CBS New York reported. 

United Airlines flight traveling from Chicago to Montreal, Canada, was diverted to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Cheektowaga, New York. In this picture, a United Airlines jet taxis along a runway as another jet approaches its arrival at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 5, 2006. Photo: Getty Images/ Tim Boyle

United Airlines flights have been diverted at least four times in the previous month. On July 19, flight UA907 traveling from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, landed instead at Dublin International Airport, Ireland, after a passenger onboard the plane fell seriously ill. Medical personnel rushed to the runway to tend to the passenger, the Independent reported. The identity of the passenger was not revealed.

On July 20, United Airlines flight UA125 was traveling from Athens, Greece, to Newark, New Jersey, when one of the crew members onboard noticed an issue with one of the engines of the flight. The affected engine was shut down and the flight was diverted to Shannon City, Iowa, Breaking News reported.

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