After 'possible smoke' United flight diverts to Metro Airport
A United Airlines flight had to be diverted Tuesday morning for an emergency landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus due to "possible smoke," an airport official confirmed.
United Flight 4007 landed in Romulus just after 9:35 a.m.
"Although the odor of the smoke had dissipated, the aircraft was turned over to United's maintenance team for inspection," airport spokeswoman Erica Donerson said in an emailed statement.
The flight was operated by ExpressJet Airlines, said spokesman Jarek Beem, who described the plane issue as a mechanical issue, but the diversion and landing as "safe and uneventful."
A different plane is en route from Newark to Detroit to transport passengers, who flew in from Chicago, to their final destination in Greenville, South Carolina. That should take off about 1:50 p.m. from Metro Airport, Beem said.