United Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing in New Orleans after ‘mechanical issue’

United Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing in New Orleans after ‘mechanical issue’
(Source: United Airlines via CNN)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -United Airlines flight 1832 was forced to make an emergency landing at Louis Armstrong International Airport Saturday morning after a mechanical problem, according to a spokesperson for the airport.

The flight departed Cancun, Mexico at 8:45 a.m.

The plane landed safely at 10:19 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

A passenger on the flight tells FOX 8 that the pilot made a statement over the plane’s loudspeaker indicating that there was a contaminant in the fuel and that one of the plane’s engines needed to be cut off.

The man and his wife were en route to Oregon. He said other passengers on the plane were visibly nervous, but that the crew did an excellent job.

He said that he has never been to New Orleans and may stay an extra day or two.

In a statement, United Airlines said, “United flight 1832 from Cancun (CUN) to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) diverted to New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International (MSY) after experiencing a mechanical issue. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, landed safely. Upon clearing Customs and Border Protection, the 107 passengers will depart on a new aircraft to IAH scheduled to arrive early this afternoon.”

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