Plane problem diverts SFO flight headed for Chicago 

Passengers aboard a plane that was flying from San Francisco to Chicago ended up in South Dakota after reports of a fire in an engine on the Boeing 757.

United Airlines Flight 158 was scheduled to leave San Francisco just before 10:30 a.m., according to the airline’s website. However, a mechanical problem during the roughly four-hour flight forced the jet to land at Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

The United plane landed without incident around 4 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.

Passenger Claire Carmichael told TV station KDLT that fire was coming out of the left engine of the jet.

United spokesman Mike Trevino said the pilot decided to divert to Sioux Falls because of a mechanical problem. Trevino said he had no information about any flames from an engine.

Trevino said 182 passengers were aboard, but he didn’t know how many were in the flight crew.

He said a replacement aircraft was sent to Sioux Falls to take the passengers on to Chicago.

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