United flight makes emergency landing at YVRA | SteamboatToday.com

United flight makes emergency landing at YVRA

Matt Stensland

— A United flight with about 70 people on board made a safe emergency landing Wednesday morning at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Flight 4919 originated from Aspen with Denver as its destination.

YVRA Director Kevin Booth said the pilots had an indication that there was a mechanical problem with the right engine, and they chose to shut it down. The plane was a de Havilland Dash 8-400 twin-turboprop.

Emergency responders stood by at the airport, and the plane landed safely shortly after 10 a.m. The runway was closed for about 20 minutes while the plane was towed away.

According to flightaware.com, the plane departed Aspen at 9:43 a.m. and landed at YVRA at 10:11 a.m.

Booth said it made sense for the flight to divert to YVRA because of the mountainous terrain between Aspen and Denver.

Alternative travel arrangements were being made for the passengers.

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