This is the horrifying moment a United Airline plane dropped flaming debris near a busy New Jersey runway.
UA149 flight from Newark Airport to Sao Paulo, Brazil, was forced to make a dramatic U-turn after experiencing a technical problem with its hydraulic system.
Dramatic footage shows the giant Boeing’s engine glowing as flames licked the plane and parts fell on nearby territory.
A flight map shows the plane flying in a loop as it returned to Newark Airport in New Jersey.
Huge chunks of flaming metal were visible as they rained down from the sky – narrowly dodging vehicles near the busy runway.
A photo shared by a terrified onlooker later confirmed suspicions of falling debris.
According to Areoxplorer, the Boeing 777-200ER was showing an altitude of 24,000 feet when the plane experienced a suspected hydraulic pressure pump failure.
A radar box mapping system showed UA149 flying in a loop back to its departure point at Newark International Airport – about 90 minutes after takeoff.
United Airlines has not yet issued a statement.
The incident came just over a year after another United Arline commercial flight caused chaos when an engine exploded dramatically in midair.
The “engine failure” caused parts of the plane to be dropped on houses in Colorado as panicked passengers shared video footage of the engine catching fire.
The explosion, visible from the ground, left a black plume of smoke in the sky, tiny bits of insulation, and ash-filled air.
David Delucia, who was flying the Boeing 777-200 that day, described how he “thought we were going to sink”.
“When it first happened, I thought we were done. I thought we were going to crash,” said Delucia, who put his wallet in his pocket so he could be easily identified if the plane crashed, The Associated Press reported.
Fortunately, the plane landed safely at Denver International Airport and no one was injured, authorities said.
But both those in the air and on the ground were shaken to the core.
After the incident, the Pratt & Whitney 777s were grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
But the plane soon returned to the skies after administration declared it safe to operate.
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