Sound of the cargo hold gives Houston-United flight Ecuador

HOUSTON – United Airlines flight from Houston to Ecuador has returned to Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport amid reports of a passenger stowed away in the luggage compartment of the plane.

The airline says the sounds were coming from the cargo area, but has found none. United describes the sounds as a maintenance problem.

Houston television stations report the flight with 163 passengers on board was in the air Thursday about an hour before landing without incident back in Houston.

The passengers were placed on another flight.

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