United Airlines flight 2425 from Orange County to Houston diverted to Austin on Friday after a flight attendant reportedly announced “that there was an explosion in the cargo and there could or may not be a fire.” According to a passenger on the flight, “You could feel the plane start to pick up in speed.”
“Everyone was terrified,” he added. “The flight attendants tried to keep everyone as calm as possible.”
Upon landing, the passengers were told to leave their bags and get off the plane, Nathaniel said.
The aircraft taxied to a remote position and passengers were left out in the cold on the tarmac for “for close to an hour” before shuttle buses arrived to take them to the terminal.
United for its part isn’t speaking to what actually happen on the flight other than an unspecified mechanical issue. They do say, though, that there was no evidence of an explosion.
United flight 2425 from Orange County, California to Houston diverted to Austin out of an abundance of caution for a mechanical issue. The plane landed safely, passengers deplaned on the airfield and were transported to the terminal. We have assigned a new plane to continue the flight to Houston.
Video from a passenger on the flight posted to Twitter shows passengers waiting a good distance from the aircraft, and includes foul language so I won’t embed it, don’t turn sound on if others are in he room. Watch it here.