updated 1/24/2011 8:48:27 PM ET 2011-01-25T01:48:27

Air travel authorities say a United Express plane with a possible open door and steering problems made an emergency landing in Vermont on Monday shortly after taking off for Washington, D.C.

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The plane was carrying about 40 people and was operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines. It had taken off from Burlington International Airport and had to return there. No injuries have been reported.

The Airport Operations Office says a light in the plane's cockpit showed a passenger door was open and a pilot reported steering problems. Firefighters, police officers and ambulance crews from more than a dozen area agencies converged on the South Burlington airport.

The airline is investigating.

Chicago-based United Air Lines Inc.'s website says United Express flights are operated by various regional carriers serving the U.S. and Canada.

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