(Adds FAA in last paragraph)
WASHINGTON Jan 6 A United Airlines flight
carrying U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was forced to make an
emergency landing at a South Carolina airport on Monday shortly
after taking off on a flight to Washington, but all the
passengers were safe.
The Republican senator said he and other passengers noticed
the aircraft's engine making a strange sound about five minutes
after takeoff from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
"Not long afterwards, the pilot declared an emergency and we
headed back to the airport," Graham said on the Twitter social
He said fire trucks and other emergency crews were at the
ready when the flight landed.
The Greenville News reported on its website that the United
Flight to Washington's Dulles International Airport was carrying
40 passengers, including Graham, and that the pilot had noted an
oil indicator light.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot reported
a cockpit indication of a possible issue with the right engine
and that the flight landed safely about half an hour after
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, additional reporting by Dan
Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia