Plane en route to Houston makes emergency landing

United Airlines flight 1916 made an emergency landing. (KXAN File Photo)
United Airlines plane. (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A flight from Las Vegas on its way to Houston Intercontinental Airport made an emergency landing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Sunday.

ABIA officials say United Airlines flight 1916, an Airbus A320, was diverted to Austin at around 4:40 p.m. because smoke was detected in the back cargo-area of the plane.

An official from United Airlines said a faulty indicator light came on, causing fire extinguishers to be released in the cargo hold as a precaution. There was never a fire or smoke on the plane, only a faulty switch.

The plane landed without incident. Austin Fire Department was waiting at the gate when the plane arrived to help unload passengers and complete an investigation on the plane.

None of the 136 passengers were harmed, but some may be stuck at ABIA while the airline works on getting them onto new flights to Houston.

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