Plane makes emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport

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HOUSTON - Houston fire rescue crews lined a runway at Bush Intercontinental Airport as a United Express flight made an emergency landing Thursday afternoon.

Fire trucks were called out around 4:40 p.m. when the pilot of the United Express plane reported a possible fire on board the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration told Local 2 News its air traffic controllers were alerted to a warning light that indicated a possible fire in the cargo hold of the aircraft, but the plane landed without any further problems. No actual fire was reported.

Fire rescue crews checked the plane out and then escorted it back to a gate so that passengers could be attended to and the plane could be checked by mechanics.

There were no injuries.

United Airlines officials released the following statement.

"ExpressJet Flight 4299, operating as United Express from Houston to Baton Rouge, returned to Houston after takeoff due to a faint smell of smoke in the cabin. The flight landed safely and without incident. All 47 passengers have been reaccommodated on another flight."

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