Diverted United flight lands safely in California after burning smell | Reuters

LOS ANGELES Jan 29 A United Airlines flight in

which a burning smell was reported aboard the plane was diverted

shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles on Thursday to a smaller

Southern California airport where it landed safely, the airline

said.

United Flight 1181, en route to Washington-Dulles

International Airport in northern Virginia, made an unscheduled

stop at LA/Ontario International Airport with 199 passengers and

seven crew members aboard, according to an airline spokeswoman.

The plane, which had taken off from Los Angeles

International Airport, landed at Ontario, about 60 miles to the

northeast, without incident, and a maintenance crew was

examining mothball smell the aircraft, a Boeing 757, she said.

It was not immediately clear, she said, whether the burning

smell was reported in the passenger cabin or the cockpit, or

both. City News Service in Los Angeles reported the diversion

was prompted by a problem that produced smoke in the cockpit.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman)