A United Express flight bound for Houston diverted to Dallas after two pivotal cockpit screens shut down without warning and could not be restored.
United flight 4390, a CRJ-200 operated by Express Jet, departed from Knoxville, Tennessee on time yesterday evening at 7:34 PM. It would bound for Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
About 90 minutes into the flight, the captain announced the plane would be making an unscheduled stop in Dallas due to technical difficulties. Passengers were likely never in danger thanks to the swift and decisive act of the Captain onboard.
Upon landing in Dallas (DFW), the captain explained to passengers what had just occurred:
So you may be able to see we lost two of our screens. Now, if we kept flying, we’d lose them all, eventually, because there’s not enough cooling. There is tremendous heat behind those screens.”
If we had continued, eventually, I’d be flying blind. So, that’s why we are in Dallas right now. It is unlikely this aircraft is going anywhere tonight.
United 4390 lost their screens in the cockpit pic.twitter.com/vliOVotLWW
— Rodney D. Giles (@rodneygiles) April 5, 2019
Indeed, the aircraft did remain in Dallas overnight and passengers were rebooked on other flights to their final destination. The flight is scheduled to continue to Dallas today at noon CT.
Pilots are trained to “fly blind” if they must. Even if all the cockpit screens had shut down, I am confident the flight deck crew could have landed that plane safely. Thankfully, that was not necessary.
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