A United Airlines jet abruptly terminated its flight on Wednesday and made an unscheduled landing in Tampa, Florida, following an alert received by the pilots regarding a potential issue with one of the doors, as confirmed by an airport spokesperson. The airline stated on Thursday that the departure took place subsequently “after the issue was addressed.”
The specific aircraft involved in this incident was an Airbus A319. Just last week, an Alaska Airlines airplane experienced an occurrence where a plug, serving as a substitute for a door on certain Boeing Max 9 jetliners, detached shortly after taking off from Portland, Oregon.
According to a spokesperson from the Tampa airport, the initial report received by emergency dispatchers indicated that the diversion was prompted by the illumination of a door indicator light. Fire crews met the aircraft upon landing to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew members.
In the words of a United spokesperson, the flight, originating from Sarasota, Florida, and destined for Chicago, was rerouted to Tampa “as a precaution…to address a possible mechanical issue.” The aircraft landed without incident and subsequently resumed its journey after the problem had been resolved.
The flight accommodated a total of 123 passengers, along with five crew members, and its duration in the air was less than an hour, as stated by data from the tracking service FlightAware.
WFLA-TV initially reported the diversion incident.
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