United plane makes emergency landing in GJ

A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Denver diverted to Grand Junction Regional Airport and made an emergency landing late this morning after a report of smoke in the airplane’s cargo area.

The incident happened around 11 a.m.

In an initial update, the pilot expressed concerns of a possible bomb in the cargo area, but that report turned out to be a miscommunication between the flight crew and air traffic control. After further inspection, the flight crew clarified that there was no suspected bomb and that the cargo area smoke indicator light was the only issue, Airport Manager Rex Tippetts said in a news release.

Airport firefighters inspected the cargo area upon landing and reported no smoke.

All 109 passengers and flight crew members evacuated the aircraft with no problems. As of 12:45 p.m., there was no word on whether the plane was still on the ground or had taken off again.


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