United Flight's Engine Shuts Down in Mid-Air

Plane makes emergency landing in Colorado
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2011 11:35 PM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2011 1:35 AM CST
A United Boeing 757 make an emergency landing in Colorado when an engine shut down in mid air yesterday   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin, File)

(Newser) – A United airlines flight en route from Denver to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Colorado when one of its two engines shut down. The Boeing 757 experienced trouble shortly after takeoff and was diverted to a Grand Junction facility typically used by much smaller airplanes. There were no injuries among the 125 people on board, reports the Los Angeles Times. The FAA is investigating, although an official emphasized that planes are capable of traveling long distances on a single engine. "There was some applause when we landed," a passenger told AP. "I think the crew handled it very well." (Read more Boeing 757 stories.)

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