Sparks flew and debris reportedly fell to the ground from a United Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing at Newark, New Jersey, airport early Thursday morning.
“After our aircraft experienced a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff, it remained aloft to burn fuel and then landed safely,” United said in a statement provided to CNN. “Passengers have disembarked at the gate and a new plane is due to take off this morning.”
Video taken by a bystander, purportedly showing the plane taking off, showed a terrifying shower of sparks dragging the plane on its left wing as it took off.
In the background, an observer can be heard shouting “Oh my God!” as glowing debris appears to fall onto the tarmac.
The Independent has contacted United Airlines for updates and comments on the accuracy of the video.
Another unconfirmed image on social media purporting to show debris who had fallen from the plane.
The airline told CNN that an initial maintenance inspection suggested a problem with the Boeing 777-200 plane’s hydraulic pump.
None of the 256 passengers on the flight to Sao Paulo, have been hurt.
Before the plane touched down, pilots circled it over the Atlantic Ocean for more than an hour to burn off excess fuel.
The same plane experienced another mechanical problem on September 9 taking off from Amsterdam, according to JACDEC flight analysts.
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