EMERGENCY United Airlines #UA1916 diverted to Austin (USA) because smoke was detected in the cargo-area of the plane

United Airlines flight 1916, an Airbus A320, was diverted to Austin at around 4:40 p.m. because smoke was detected in the back cargo-area of the plane.

An official from United Airlines said a faulty indicator light came on, causing fire extinguishers to be released in the cargo hold as a precaution. There was never a fire or smoke on the plane, only a faulty switch.

The plane landed without incident. Austin Fire Department was waiting at the gate when the plane arrived to help unload passengers and complete an investigation on the plane.

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None of the 136 passengers were harmed, but some may be stuck at ABIA while the airline works on getting them onto new flights to Houston.

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