Flight forced to land after cockpit screens turn black

A United Express flight was forced to land after two of the cockpit's screens went black.

The flight was headed to Houston from Knoxville, Tennessee, but ended up landing in Dallas, a nearly four-hour drive away.

Video posted by Robert Giles, the son of two of the plane's passengers, shows the pilot explaining the situation to upset travellers.

He said the cockpit's screens were overheating and two had died, with more sure to fail if the plane had continued on.

"If we had continued, eventually I would be flying blind," he said.

"It is unlikely this aircraft is going anywhere tonight," he later added.

The flight was operated by ExpressJet Airlines under a contract with United Airlines. A spokesperson to ExpressJet told AP the stranded passengers were rebooked onto other flights.