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Flight diverted after small fire in cockpit

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A small fire in the cockpit caused United Airlines flight to detour to a Washington-area airport
  • The cause of the fire has not been determined
  • The plane was scheduled to fly from New York to Los Angeles, California

(CNN) -- A United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles, California, was diverted to an airport near Washington after the crew reported a small fire in the cockpit, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

United Flight 27 landed at Dulles International Airport outside Washington at 9:37 p.m. ET Sunday, said FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown. The fire was contained by the time the plane landed, Brown said.

The cockpit's windshield was damaged, but it's not clear how, said Diane Spitaliere, another FAA spokeswoman.

The incident prompted authorities to close a runway for about 30 minutes as firefighters investigated, she said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Brown said.

CNN's Mike Ahlers contributed to this report.