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Plane makes emergency landing at Billings airport

Posted at 3:45 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 18:17:39-04
photo by Paul Humphrey/ MTN News

BILLINGS- A United Airlines flight was forced to return to Billings Logan International Airport after takeoff Wednesday morning due to a faulty de-icing sensor.

A spokesman for the Billings Operation Center said the aircraft left Billings around 11:15 a.m. and noticed a “wing issue”. The plane was directed by air traffic control back to Billings but circled for about a half hour to burn off fuel.

It was determined a faulty de-icing sensor was the problem.

Airport emergency responders were on standby as the plane landed and taxied to an area near the control tower. Forty-eight people, including the crew, were on board.

The plane was still on the tarmac at mid-afternoon.

This is a developing story.

Reporting by Jon Stepanek for MTN News