United Airlines Had To Make A Scary Emergency Landing For This Reason

Oh, another headline with United Airlines? The airline is seriously not having a good 2017.

The latest headline for the airline involved an emergency landing. According to a reporter who was on board, a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 had to make an emergency landing after one of its engines overheated over the ocean.

The ocean has to be the scariest place for an aircraft to have engine trouble over.

United Flight 1516 was on its way to Houston, Texas, from Liberia, Costa Rica. One of the passengers, Jody Genessy tweeted after landing, “One of my plane’s engines overheated over the ocean. We about crashed in an emergency landing before the pilot quickly pulled up. So scary.”

“They stopped traffic into the Liberia, Costa Rica airport. Fire trucks, ambulances and emergency vehicles waited for us to land. Freaky,” he tweeted. “We circled over the ocean for an hour to burn fuel before landing. I fly a lot. This was the most frightening thing I’ve ever experienced.”

“Still shaken up, but very grateful to be alive. We have four kids at home in Utah. I was scared they’d never see us again,” Genessy told PEOPLE about his United flight. The man had been traveling with his wife, Heather.

United Airlines commented about the landing and said, “Flight 1516, traveling from Liberia, Costa Rica to Houston, returned to Liberia due to a maintenance issue. The plane landed safely and a new aircraft is being sent to take customers to Houston tomorrow. We apologize to all customers on board for their experience and will be providing compensation for the inconvenience.”

Disclaimer: We have no position in United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL) and have not been compensated for this article.

Sofia Vida

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