SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A United Airlines flight scheduled to take off from San Diego International Airport was diverted from the runway just before departure Friday due to an undisclosed mechanical issue with one of the plane’s engines.
Flight 478 was scheduled to take off for Denver shortly before noon, but was recalled while on the airport’s taxiway. The plane was safely escorted back to the airport’s terminal and the issue occurred at low speed, according to United.
“The aircraft safely returned to the gate and customers deplaned normally,” a United spokesperson said in a statement. “We are making arrangements to get our customers to their final destination as soon as possible.”
Roughly 120 passengers were aboard the flight. United and San Diego International did not disclose the plane’s model, and information on a future flight to Denver was not immediately available.