Plane Diverted to DC Area After Fire in Cockpit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - A fire in the cockpit of a United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles caused an emergency landing outside Washington.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration -- Holly Baker -- says the fire aboard the Boeing 757 was extinguished before the plane landed last night at Dulles International Airport and no injuries were reported.

Passenger Phil Lobel says he saw someone take a fire extinguisher to the cockpit during the incident and other passengers later showed him pictures they took of flames in the cockpit.

A United Airlines spokesman says the plane took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and was diverted to Dulles, where it landed at 9:36 p.m. Mike Trevino says all 105 passengers and seven crew members got off safely.

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