Sen. Lindsey Graham on Flight That Made Emergency Landing

5:58 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Lindsey Graham (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said a flight he was a passenger on had to make an emergency landing Monday.

Graham acknowledged what happened via his Twitter account.

The Greenville News reports the problem took place aboard a United flight that had taken off at 2:37 p.m. from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.

The senator said he was about five minutes into the flight to Washington D.C. when he and other passengers noticed the engine making a strange sound. Graham said shortly afterward, the pilot declared an emergency and headed back to Greenville.

Greenville-Spartanburg airport officials say the pilot radioed that an oil indicator light was on, and was asked to return. About 40 people were aboard the flight.

The flight landed at 3:06 p.m. without incident.

Graham thanked first responders at the airport and the flight crew for their work.

Graham has been in the Senate representing South Carolina since 2003. He'd previously served eight years in the U.S. House.

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