Yesterday’s United Express flight UA4390 from Knoxville to Houston diverted to Dallas after two screens in the cockpit of the Bombardier CRJ-200 shut down during flight and couldn’t be restarted.
The plane had taken off on time at 7:36 p.m. without indication of an issue. About an hour and a half into the two hour flight passengers were told they’d be diverting. When they landed the captain explained what happened,
You may be able to see we lost two of our screens. If we kept flying we’d lose them all eventually because there’s not enough cooling. There’s 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.
A passenger recorded the announcement:
United 4390 lost their screens in the cockpit pic.twitter.com/vliOVotLWW
— Rodney D. Giles (@rodneygiles) April 5, 2019
While pilots can fly in the blind, it’s prudent not to do so longer than necessary.