Plane lands in Dallas after pilots lose 2 flight data screens

The United Express pilot told the 50 passengers aboard who were bound for Houston that there was a cooling problem and that the six main screens were shutting down.
1:38 | 04/06/19

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Transcript for Plane lands in Dallas after pilots lose 2 flight data screens
charges. Thank you. And a midair scare, a flight headed for Houston had to divert. When the screens in the cockpit went blank. ABC's senior transportation correspondent David Kerley. Reporter: The united passengers didn't know. They landed in Dallas, but they were expecting to be in Houston. Why the diversion? We lost two of our screens. Now if we kept flying, we'd lose them all eventually. Reporter: The united express pilot telling the 50 passengers from Knoxville there was a cooling problem and their flight data screens were shutting down. Two as he said and worry that others were in jeopardy. There is tremendous heat behind those screens. This dictates that we land as soon as possible because if we had continued eventually, I'd be flying blind. So that's why we're in Dallas right now. It is unlikely this aircraft is going anywhere tonight. Reporter: There are six main screens in the regional airliner, the crj 200. And there is a back-up, a stand by, a small, independently powered screen that gives basic information if everything else goes out. They wouldn't be flying blind. It's really incumbent upon the crew to talk to the passengers. You don't wanna inordinately scare them by using the wrong terminology. David Kerley with us live tonight. The pilots did exactly what they were supposed to do as far as getting the plane down. But they were alarmed by the los Angeles. Reporter: That is the procedure. If you have an issue, go ahead and divert. Get the plane on the ground. Experts concerned about the language that the pilot used. Unsettling for the rest of David, thank you. We are also learning more about the young man who gave

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