Flight with engine issue bound for Austin diverts to Houston

A plane bound for Austin Friday made an emergency landing in Houston (Photo: KPRC-TV, Houston)

HOUSTON (AP/KPRC) — A US Airways Express regional jet bound from North Carolina to Austin Friday made a safe emergency landing in Houston with reported engine trouble.

American Airlines Group Inc. spokesman Matt Miller said Saturday that mechanics are checking the plane that diverted to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. According to KPRC-TV in Houston, the jet landed shortly after 6 p.m. with only one functional engine.

Nobody was hurt Friday night when the pilot of the Bombardier CRJ-900, with 79 passengers and four crewmembers, landed in Houston. Miller says an oil indicator light came on in the cockpit related to an engine. He didn’t immediately have further details.

Passengers told KPRC the pilot came on an made an announcement.

“He said there was a problem with the oil pressure and we had to make an emergency landing here in Houston,” Phil Nido told the TV station. Nido was flying home to the Austin area after being in Charlotte, North Carolina, for business.

Miller says passengers were being accommodated on other flights, while some travelers opted to drive from Houston to Austin.

The US Airways Express flight was operated by Mesa Airlines.

American and US Airways merged in December 2013.


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