United Express flight with cockpit fire lands in Connecticut

AP News
Posted: Jun 05, 2015 2:50 PM

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A United Express flight from New Jersey with 39 people on board landed safely at Bradley International Airport on Friday after the pilot extinguished a small fire in the cockpit, authorities said.

Joel Raymond, a spokesman for the airline, said the small Dash 8 turboprop commuter plane took off from Newark Liberty International Airport and reported the fire at about 12:15 p.m. while on approach to Bradley, which is about 15 miles north of Hartford.

State police Sgt. Shane Hassett says the pilot put out the fire with an extinguisher.

There were 36 passengers and three crew members aboard CommutAir Flight 4776, which was operating as United Express. Raymond said they were all safely evacuated from the plane and bused to the terminal.

"We are very thankful for the quick response of our flight crew to ensure the safety of our passengers — the aircraft has been removed from service and will undergo a thorough maintenance evaluation," the airline said in a statement.

It wasn't immediately clear what may have caused the fire. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is aware of the incident and is investigating.