United says failed generator forced 787 landing

United Airlines
Posted at 7:43 PM, Dec 05, 2012

CHICAGO (AP)-- United Airlines says a failed electrical generator is the reason one of its new Boeing 787s made an emergency landing in New Orleans.

The flight from Houston to Newark diverted to New Orleans shortly after takeoff on Tuesday. No one was hurt.

United says one of the plane's six electrical generators failed. It says pilots learned of the failure from an alert in the cockpit.

The plane remains grounded while the generator is replaced and the plane is checked further.

The 787 depends more on electrical power than other Boeing planes. That's because it uses electricity instead of air from its turbines to power its main hydraulic system.

United Continental Holdings Inc. got its first 787 in September. It says its other two 787s are still flying.