POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:42pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 9:18am
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — An airplane full of people are safe after an emergency landing at McAllen International Airport Friday.
Skywest flight 5229 operating in conjunction with United Airlines had to divert to McAllen. Skywest said it was because of a cabin door indicator light. Airport officials said cabin pressure was the culprit.
The flight was supposed to take its 40 passengers and three crew members from Brownsville to Houston. Passengers had to wait at McAllen International for several hours before separate plans were made.
McAllen see diversions "from time to time when there's aircraft experiencing problems," said Philip Brown, the Director of Aviation at McAllen Airport. "It's up to the airline and the pilot to declare an emergency. And it doesn't really happen all that often, but occasionally we will get a diversion more often than not for weather somewhere than for mechanical problems."