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Troubled United Airlines jet aborts flight; slides off runway in New Orleans Monday
By The Associated Press
Published: April 04, 2011
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A United Airlines flight from New Orleans to San Francisco returned to the New Orleans airport within minutes of taking off Monday after rocking back and forth.
Copilot Ronald Lee Young told an Associated Press reporter aboard Flight 497 that he landed on backup systems, with minimal steering and braking ability, after the plane lost all electronics.
He said the plane, heavy with fuel, ran off the runway and blew a tire.
As soon as the flight was on the ground, flight attendants shouted "Leave everything. Get out!" Passengers slid down the front and back slides.
A few passengers walked to an ambulance after a call for anyone with injuries.
The injuries appeared to be minor, such as abrasions from the slide.
Flight ends in minutes, returns to La. airport
By MARY FOSTER Associated Press
Posted: 04/04/2011 06:01:51 AM PDT»
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A United Airlines plane sits on a runway after making an emergency... ((AP Photo/Mary Foster))
NEW ORLEANS—A United flight from New Orleans to San Francisco returned to the New Orleans airport within minutes after takeoff Monday, with light white smoke coming from an engine. The plane was rocking back and forth in windy weather, and never gained much altitude.
As soon as Flight 497 was back on the ground, flight attendants began shouting "Leave everything. Get out! Get out!" An Associated Press reporter aboard the flight said passengers slid down the front and back slides.
There was no announcement, and no interior lights or seat belt announcements were turned on.
Mixed messages, as usual, in early reporting. Wonder what happened?