A passenger caught images of a mid-air engine fire in a Los Angeles-bound United Airlines plane forced to make an emergency landing at Newark Airport Wednesday night.
“Most terrifying experience of my life,” passenger Nicole Adamo tweeted. “Flight delayed 2 hours for Maintence (sic) issues. Flight takes off, Right wing of the plane (where I’m sitting in the aisle seat) sparking & now one engine failed.”
Adamo, a sports and entertainment publicist, continued @Nickilishious:
“They’re making announcements but i can’t hear anything b/c people are screaming.
“They’re circling. Turning around. Trying to land back in Newark.
“My stepdad has worked for @united for 30+ years. He called for me to check. We are going back. People still flipping out.
“I’ve never seen/felt an engine light on fire and burst like this. It was honestly scary.”
"I saw it from the ground and I was terrified," tweeted Dina Iturrey @IturreyD. "Sent prayers up instantly thank God y’all are safe."
Another passenger captured video of the sparks.
“United 1871 from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles returned to Newark due to a mechanical issue,” the airline said. “The flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally.”
All were headed to L.A. before dawn, the statement said.
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