United Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Catches Fire: 'Most Terrifying Experience'

Andrew Cummings
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.

The plane headed for Los Angeles with 168 passengers on board returned to Newark shortly after take off late Wednesday after the flames were spotted.

A United Airlines spokeswoman says Flight 1871, which took off at 7 p.m., returned safely to Newark Liberty International Airport because of a mechanical problem, NorthJersey.com reported.

Passenger Gabrielle Guzy said it looked like a fire was coming from the engine. "The closest sound I can think of is [gunshots] when each spark ignited", she explained. "I kept reassuring myself we'd be okay because we had only been in the air for a minute".

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

According the woman, United gave passengers on the flight snacks, meal vouchers and travel vouchers toward a future flight purchase with the airline. Flight delayed 2 hours for Maintence [sic] issues.

"Most terrifying experience of my life", passenger Nicole Adamo tweeted.

"They're making announcements but I can't hear anything because people are screaming", Adamo continued. We are going back.

Officials told ABC7 the plane was forced to dump fuel before landing at the airport. We are working on the change of aircraft to bring our customers to their destination as quickly as possible.

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