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United flight lands safely at Sacramento airport after being diverted for engine trouble

Runways along Terminal A at Sacramento International Airport were mostly clear of emergency vehicles as of 8:10 a.m., shortly after a United flight made an emergency landing there due to engine trouble. The plane, diverted from SFO, landed safely.
Runways along Terminal A at Sacramento International Airport were mostly clear of emergency vehicles as of 8:10 a.m., shortly after a United flight made an emergency landing there due to engine trouble. The plane, diverted from SFO, landed safely.

A United Airlines flight from Vancouver to San Francisco landed safely at Sacramento International Airport after being diverted Thursday morning due to an engine problem, airport officials said.

United Flight 618 departed Vancouver International Airport at 5:49 a.m. and was scheduled to land at SFO around 8 a.m. According to aircraft tracking service FlightAware, the plane was diverted to Sacramento around 7:18 a.m. by controllers.

Aircraft logs show the plane arrived just before 8 a.m. Several emergency vehicles that had awaited the aircraft prior to landing had left the runway as of about 8:10 a.m.

Sacramento airport officials confirmed the plane, a Boeing 737-800, was re-routed due to engine trouble and that the plane landed safely and taxied on its own to the gate. Officials did not specify the nature of the engine issues or how many engines were involved.

The plane was delivered to Continental Airlines in August 2010, shortly before the carrier merged with United.

The plane is not the version of the 737 jetliner that has been grounded due to software issues.

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