A United Airlines flight that took off from Newark Airport on Monday morning was forced to return and make an emergency landing after the crew reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit, officials said.
Flight 800, which was bound for Orlando, took off at 6:41 a.m. and was airborne for just a few minutes when the pilots declared an emergency, according to the FAA and data from FlightAware.
The Boeing 757-200 landed safely at 6:54 a.m. after the 52-mile flight, according to FlightAware.
No injuries were reported.
Several passengers tweeted about the incident.
“Flight @united had to make #emergency landing in Newark airport after it took off. The cabin smelled like smoke/gas before it took off. @united should give everyone a refund,” Anthony Reznik said.
The airline asked him to inform it of his confirmation number to help with his travel plans.
Another passenger, Chris Saveri, tweeted: “My @united flight 800 just made an emergency landing at Newark due to smoke and fire alarms. All safe, thank you flight crew!”
United cited a “mechanical issue” for the emergency landing.
“The flight landed without incident and we are arranging for a new aircraft to get customers to their final destination as soon as possible,” an airline rep told The Post in an email.
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