A United Airlines flight to Sao Paulo made an emergency landing after sparks erupted from the plane
A United Airlines plane had to make an emergency landing when sparks erupted and debris fell to the ground moments after takeoff.
Flight UAL149 of the major American airline was bound for Sao Paulo International Airport when the accident occurred.
It continued its ascent before entering a holding pattern over the Atlantic, dumping fuel over the ocean to reduce weight, before returning to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) where it landed safely.
A video of the horrific incident was recorded and shared on Twitter.
Sparks were seen flying from the aircraft, reportedly due to a problem with its hydraulic components.
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation to confirm the cause of the malfunction.
United Airlines said, in a statement, that its plane, which was carrying 256 passengers, suffered a mechanical problem shortly after takeoff, and remained in the air to burn fuel before landing safely.
“Passengers disembarked at the gate and a new plane is scheduled to depart this morning,” it said on Thursday.
The FFA said: “United Airlines Flight 149, a Boeing 777-200, landed safely at Newark Liberty International Airport just before 1 a.m. local time today after the crew reported an emergency.”
The flight left Newark and headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil, before returning.
“The FAA will investigate.”
It comes after an American Airlines flight en route from London to Bermuda in August was diverted after flight crew detected the smell of smoke.
A week later, another American 777-300 was directed to London and diverted when the crew noticed fumes in the cabin.
She made a precautionary landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.