Phoenix-Bound Flight Turns Back To Houston Due To Heat

By Al Macias
Published: Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:42am
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Freeway exit to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

A Phoenix-bound flight was forced to return to Houston Sunday afternoon because of weather conditions in the Valley.

Passengers on the plane said the flight crew told them the record-breaking heat is to blame.

According to Houston television station KTRK, the United Airlines flight was minutes away from landing at Sky Harbor Airport when the flight crew notified passengers it would be turning back because of the weather.

The United Airlines website shows the plane had just passed over El Paso, when it turned around.

The company issued a brief statement regarding the incident. It said the Phoenix passengers will be accommodated on an extra flight that has been added for Monday.