Plane carrying 43 people makes emergency landing in McAllen

Altered flight path // FlightAware Image

Authorities are investigating an incident where a passenger plane carrying dozens of people had to make an unexpected landing at the McAllen airport.

McAllen Miller International Airport Operations and Maintenance Manager Michael Fray spoke to Action 4 News about the incident.

Fray said that SkyWest Flight 5229 left the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport late Friday morning.

The CRJ jet was reportedly carrying 43 people, including the passengers and the crew.

Fray told Action 4 News that the flight was heading to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when it encountered a problem.

SkyWest is a partner airline for United Airlines.

United Airlines spokeswoman Marissa Snow reported that the pilots received a cabin door indicator light in the flight deck.

The flight diverted from its path and safely landed at the McAllen airport.

No injuries were reported during the incident but United Airlines crews are inspected to the plane to see what happened.

Fray said the plane's passengers were all at the McAllen airport waiting on another flight to Houston.

According to the McAllen airport website, no other flights to and from the airport were affected.

The website released an image of the altered flight path on-line.

United Airlines Statement:

SkyWest flight 5229, operating as United Express from Brownsville to Houston, received a cabin door indicator light in the flight deck. Out of an abundance of caution, the crew opted to land at the nearest suitable airport. The flight landed routinely and maintenance is inspecting the aircraft. We are working to reaccommodate the 40 passengers on other flights to Houston.