United Airlines makes emergency landing in Grand Junction
At approximately 9:15 a.m. Grand Junction Regional Airport and Grand Junction Fire Department personnel were dispatched to an aircraft inbound to make an emergency landing at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. The aircraft was identified as a United Airlines Airbus 320. The flight number was UAL447. The aircraft had departed Denver at approximately 8:25 a.m. and was en-route to Los Angeles. There were 159 passengers onboard the aircraft and an undetermined number of crew members. The aircraft landed safely at approximately 9:30 a.m.
“This is the type of incident that our emergency personnel prepare and train to handle, crews arrived on scene well before the aircraft landed and made entry onto the aircraft immediately,” said Amy Jordan, Grand Junction Regional Airport Public Information Officer.
The initial dispatch indicated that there was smoke in the cockpit and cabin of the aircraft. Fire personnel quickly verified that there was no smoke on-board the aircraft. Emergency personnel assisted in deplaning the passengers on the aircraft, where passengers were evaluated by medical crews. It has been confirmed that the oxygen masks were manually deployed prior to landing.
The Grand Junction Fire Department boarded the plane with air quality monitors and determined that all air levels were within normal limits. GJFD evaluated 15-20 passengers who had various medical symptoms ranging from headaches to nausea. One person was transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.
All questions regarding the aircraft will be directed to United Airlines. All questions regarding the actual incident will be direct to the Grand Junction Fire Department’s public information officer at 970-540-5858 or the Grand Junction Regional Airport’s public information officer at 970-712-4116.
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