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Flight to LA Returns to Newark After Fire

united airlines jets on the tarmac at newark liberty international airport
United Airlines jets on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport (Julio Cortez/AP)

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:27 AM

A United Airlines jetliner headed for Los Angeles returned to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport early Thursday after flames were seen near a wing.

Video showed flames soon after Flight 1871 had taken off.

A passenger told WABC-TV it appeared fire was coming from an engine.

"I didn't know what was happening," passenger Gabrielle Guzy said. "My sister said she thought it was lights but I knew it was fire from the engine. I kept reassuring myself we'd be OK because we had only been in the air for a minute."

In a statement, United said the flight returned because of a "mechanical issue." The airline said the flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally.

The airline was working to get the passengers to Los Angeles.

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A United Airlines jetliner headed for Los Angeles returned to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport early Thursday after flames were seen near a wing.
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