U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was among the 40 passengers aboard when a United Airlines flight headed to Washington-Dulles International Airport made an emergency landing at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport shortly after takeoff Monday afternoon.
The pilot reported a problem shortly after the plane took off, according to airport spokeswoman Rosylin Weston. She said the issue was an oil indicator light. The Greenville tower made the decision to turn the plane around and make an emergency landing. Officials don’t know what caused the light to turn on.
Most news outlets found out about the landing after Graham took to Twitter once the plane was safely on the ground.
““Interesting day — just made a return-flight emergency landing at GSP,” he tweeted. Seconds later, he added, “About 5 minutes into today’s flight from Greenville to Washington, I and my other passengers noticed the engine making strange sound. Not long afterwards, the pilot declared an emergency and we headed back to the airport.”
“We safely returned with fire trucks and first responders at the ready. Thank you the first responders at GSP and flight crew for the work you do.”
No injuries were reported in the incident.