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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:22 PM

Brand-new "Dreamliner" makes emergency landing in New Orleans because of mechanical problem


United Dreamliner makes emergency landing in New Orleans
Flight from Houston to New Jersey halted over 'mechanical difficulties'

A brand-new United Airlines "Dreamliner" bound for Newark, N.J., was diverted Tuesday morning, making an emergency landing in New Orleans because of a mechanical problem.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner recently entered service in North America in a debut last month with United Airlines. United and Boeing are both based in Chicago.

United flight 1146 from Houston to Newark was diverted to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and landed safely, the airline said. The flight carried 174 customers and 10 crew members.

"We are re-accommodating the customers on a different aircraft to Newark," United said in a statement. "United will work with Boeing to review the diversion and determine the cause."

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