Flight diverted after plane’s cockpit screens lose power

A United Airlines regional airline flight traveling Thursday from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Houston was diverted to Dallas after pilots said two of the plane’s cockpit screens lost power.

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Flight 4390 departed Knoxville at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, media outlets reported. Partway through the flight, the pilot announced to passengers that mechanical failures had caused them to reroute to Dallas.

Rodney D. Giles, whose parents were on the plane, tweeted a video of the pilot explaining to passengers what happened upon landing.

“So you may be able to see, we lost two of our screens,” the pilot said. “Now if we kept flying, we’d lose them all – eventually – because there’s not enough cooling. There’s tremendous heat behind those screens.”

The pilot said that if they hadn’t stopped in Dallas, they eventually would have been “flying blind.”

Passengers were rebooked on other flights to Houston, a United Airlines spokesperson told ABC News.

United Airlines released the following statement:

“ExpressJet Airlines flight 4390, operating as United Express from Knoxville to Houston, diverted to Dallas and landed safely following a mechanical issue. Customers deplaned normally and we are working to get our customers on their way to their destination as soon as possible.”

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