BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — A United Airlines flight from Houston heading to Boise was forced to make an emergency landing.
The plane left Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport around 6 p.m. Thursday and was en route to Boise.
Seven minutes after takeoff a smoke detector went off and flight attendants saw smoke on board the aircraft.
The plane then made an emergency landing in College Station, Texas.
A spokesman for the College Station fire department says smoke was reported in the fuselage of the plane before it made the emergency landing at Easterwood Airport.
Troy Schrenk, a passenger on the flight, says the crew was eerily calm during the unexpected descent.
“We knew when he [the pilot] said we were diverting to College Station, this was a significant issue. (It was) very quiet. I looked at my wife, she looked over at me, and I said, ‘this isn’t good. This is major.'”
United says the issue was a mechanical one and another plane from Houston was brought in to pick up the passengers and continue on their destination to Boise.
The plane reportedly landed in Boise at 2:53 a.m. Friday.