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Engine problem forces Delta flight to be diverted to Missoula

Delta flight made emergency landing
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Posted at 10:38 AM, Sep 09, 2019

MISSOULA — An emergency on board an early Monday morning caused a plane to be diverted to Missoula.

Delta flight 2544 departed from Glacier Park International Airport at 5:47 a.m. on Monday en-route to Salt Lake City but was forced to be diverted to Missoula International Airport and make an emergency landing.

A Delta representative tells MTN News that an engine issue forced the jet -- with 123 customers on board -- to be diverted to Missoula. No injuries were reported and the plane landed and taxied in to the gate.

"A diversion like this is standard protocol when there is an issue with an engine out of an abundance of caution," Drake Castaneda with Delta Airlines said in a statement.

Missoula International Airport officials also confirmed with MTN News that a flight made an emergency landing shortly after 6:30 a.m. Another plane is being sent to Missoula so that the passengers can continue their trip to Salt Lake City.

The airline released the following statement to MTN News:

“Delta apologizes to customers on flight 2544 from Kalispell to Salt Lake City diverted to Missoula out of an abundance of caution due to an engine issue. While the aircraft is examined by maintenance technicians, an alternate aircraft is being sent to Missoula to more quickly get customers to Salt Lake City.”

We'll have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.