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A United Airlines flight to São Paulo, Brazil, was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing at Newark-Liberty International Airport early Thursday morning, the airline confirmed.
"After our aircraft experienced a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff, it remained in the air to burn fuel and then landed safely," United said in a statement to FOX Business.
There were 256 passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 149 during what appears to have been a hydraulic pump issue, the airline said.
A video of the Boeing 777-200 posted online seemed to show sparks and debris falling from the plane.
UNITED AIRLINES GROUNDS PLANES AS IT COMPLETES INSPECTIONS
A picture on Twitter shows what is believed to be a small piece of metal from the aircraft on the ground.
Flight Aware data shows the plane made repeated circles over the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the airport around 1 a.m.
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UNITED AIRLINES CUTTING 12% OF NEWARK FLIGHTS TO REDUCE DELAYS, CONGESTION