- United Airlines jetliner made the emergency landing at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport late Wednesday after the flames were spotted
- Footage taken by a passenger showed the flames soon after Flight 1871 had taken off en route to Los Angeles
- United said the flight made the emergency landing due to a ‘mechanical issue’
A United Airlines jetliner has been forced to make an emergency landing at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport after flames started spurting from the wing of the plane.
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.
Footage taken by a passenger showed flames soon after Flight 1871 had taken off.
The passenger, Gabrielle Guzy, told WABC-TV that it appeared fire was coming from an engine.
‘I didn’t know what was happening,’ Guzy said.
‘My sister said she thought it was lights but I knew it was fire from the engine. I kept reassuring myself we’d be okay because we had only been in the air for a minute.’
Another passenger, Nicole Adamo, said it was the ‘most terrifying’ experience of her life and that passengers were screaming as the ordeal unfolded.
‘Flight delayed 2 hours for maintenance issues. Flight takes off, right wing of the plane (where I’m sitting in the aisle seat) sparking and now one engine failed,’ she tweeted.
‘They’re making announcements but I can’t hear anything because people are screaming.’
United said the flight made the emergency landing due to a ‘mechanical issue.’
The airline said the flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally.
The airline was working to get the passengers to Los Angeles.