United flight makes emergency landing at Newark after wing flames

Marco Green
January 17, 2020

United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles, California was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff and make an emergency landing after flames were seen spewing from the plane's engine.

Another passenger, Nicole Adamo, said it was the "most terrifying" experience of her life and that passengers were screaming as the ordeal unfolded.

The original flight flew out of Newark at 7 p.m. EST, but passengers had to wait until around 2:00 a.m. Thursday to board another flight to Los Angeles.

In a statement, United said the flight returned because of a "mechanical issue".

Video showed flames soon after the Boeing 757 had taken off.

A passenger told WABC-TV that it appeared fire was coming from an engine.

She later tweeted praise for the pilot and said United gave passengers snacks, water and $500 flight vouchers.

While no injuries were reported passengers described a harrowing ordeal.

The Newark Liberty Airport in Newark, on May 27, 2017, in a file photo.

"It was a very normal climb, and we have been on flights hundreds of times, but just when (the pilot) started to look like a step back, there were four or five of the strongest hits that I had never heard, "said the man".

United confirmed that the plane had landed safely after returning to Newark and that its passengers deplaned normally.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suggested that an investigation might be conducted into the fuel release over Los Angeles, saying in a statement that the Delta flight should have dumped the fuel over unpopulated land.

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