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United flight makes emergency landing at Newark Airport after smoke in cockpit: FAA

Posted at 8:15 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 10:10:09-05

NEWARK, N.J. — A flight that had just taken off from Newark Liberty International Airport had to return and make an emergency landing Monday morning after a report of smoke in the cockpit, the FAA said in a statement.

According to FAA, United Airlines flight #800, which was originally heading to Orlando, landed safely back at Newark Airport just before 7 a.m. after an emergency was declared due to a report of smoke in the airplanes cockpit.

United confirmed the landing, saying the plane returned to the field due to a mechanical issue.

“The flight landed without incident and we are arranging for a new aircraft to get customers to their final destination as soon as possible,” the airline said in a statement.

No injuries were reported, according to officials.

Chris Saveri, a passenger on the United flight, recounted his experience to PIX11 Monday on Twitter, saying there was “a smell of gas, fumes as we took off. Fire alarm immediately went off.”

“Something was supposedly hot and it seemed to be in the bathroom. [The] flight crew had a fire extinguisher ready,” Saveri wrote.

According to Saveri, he first heard the flight attendant say something on the in-plane phone about a landing. Soon after, the pilot confirmed the landing to the passengers, saying there was some sort of emergency.

“Some folks were rattled,” Saveri said. “One child did ask if Disney was cancelled, which brought a few laughs,” he said, referring to the flight’s original destination of Orlando.

Saveri said the plane landed without incident and that the pilot was “right there as we [deplaned],” and that the “flight crew was solid!”