“After our aircraft experienced a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff, it remained in the air to burn fuel and then landed safely,” United mentioned in an announcement. “Passengers deplaned at the gate and a new aircraft is scheduled to depart this morning.”
An preliminary upkeep inspection suggests an subject with a hydraulic pump on the plane, which had 256 passengers on board for the flight, United Airlines mentioned.
Sparks flew off the aircraft because it climbed after takeoff, in accordance with a video posted on-line that purports to indicate the flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what occurred with Flight 149, which departed Newark airport late Wednesday evening, then declared an emergency. The Boeing 777-200 plane had been headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier than returning to Newark, the FAA mentioned.
The hydraulic system on the Boeing 777 runs key programs, reminiscent of the landing gear, flaps and brakes. There are three redundant hydraulic programs on the aircraft, that means two can fail and the airplane can nonetheless function usually.
The flight circled over the Atlantic Ocean to burn gas earlier than returning to the airport about two hours after departure, flight monitoring knowledge reveals.
CNN has reached out to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for remark.