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Plane makes emergency landing at Newark airport after apparent engine fire

A United Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles was forced to return to Newark Liberty International Airport minutes after takeoff on Wednesday due to a mechanical issue that caused flames to erupt from an engine, according to New Jersey 101.5.

United Airlines Flight 1871 took off around 9:10 p.m. with 168 passengers before the issue forced it back, according to the multiple reports.

“The flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally. We changed aircraft to get our customers to their destination as soon as possible,” United spokeswoman Cheryl Gibbs told New Jersey 101.5 in a statement.

Nicole Adamo, a passenger on the flight, tweeted that the passengers had been given $500 flight vouchers and $10 meal vouchers before they were boarded on another plane with another pilot a few hours later.

Fire trucks met the plane upon its landing back at Newark, according to NorthJersey.com.

The passengers reportedly had to wait until after midnight for a new flight. Nobody was reported injured.

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