United Flight Diverts, Communications Problem Cited

A communications system malfunction caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt to divert to Toronto late last night.

Flight 940 never lost contact with air traffic controllers, United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson tells AOL Travel News. But the captain of the plane determined the problem was serious enough to get it checked out.

"The captain was still in communication with the ground and the communications center, but the crew elected not to cross the Atlantic with the communications issue, hence the landing in Toronto," Johnson says.

The Boeing 777, with 241 passengers and 14 crew onboard, landed without incident at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

The passengers were flown back to Chicago and housed in hotel rooms overnight. An additional flight has been added to fly them to Frankfurt this afternoon, Johnson says.

Just last week a Piedmont Airlines flight from Hilton Head, S.C. to Washington lost radio contact prompting an evacuation of the U.S. Capitol. But federal officials say the cause in that incident was not mechanical but rather the pilot turning his radio to the wrong frequency.

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