United Flight Reports In-Flight Problem; Lands Safely

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Emergency crews descended on Burlington International Airport late this afternoon after a United Express jet reported problems as it approached the airport.

Airport officials say the jet landed safely and its 52 passengers and crew did not suffer any injuries.

Several fire trucks and local ambulances were on the tarmac as the plane touched down and a couple of dozen emergency vehicles were on streets around the airport.

Airport operations director Heather Bowman says the pilot called in an emergency from the air reporting there might be a problem with the jet’s flaps.

Bowman says flaps are controls that allow a plane to slow when landing.

The flaps apparently operated properly and the jet arrived without incident.

Bowman says the issue with the flaps is common in cold weather.

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