POCATELLO, Idaho—A United Airlines 737 flying from Seattle to Houston made an emergency landing in Idaho after one of its two engines apparently shut down.
The flight took off from Seattle just after midnight with 116 passengers and six crew members.
"They had done the food, everyone had eaten, we were asleep," passenger Molly Maness said. "And then you heard the noise."
"You could tell something was a little fishy," passenger Mike Minnich said.
The pilot informed the cabin that they would soon be landing instead in Pocatello, Idaho. Fortunately it was a smooth landing. But it was the beginning of a long ordeal.
Passengers say United helped them make the best of the situation, but it was not easy.
"A lot of people were in the [Pocatello] terminal, laying everywhere," passenger Carroll Smith said. "It looked like a disaster zone."
"Not one time were we afraid," Molly Maness said. "The captain and the crew did a great job."
United Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm sent an email to The Associated Press saying the plane was diverted to Pocatello due to "an issue with an engine" that maintenance workers were reviewing.
It is still not clear what went wrong. After several hours on the ground, a plane came for them from Chicago and brought the passengers to Houston.