United Flight 837 returns to San Francisco Airport after engine fire
PUBLISHED Mon, November 28, 2016 - 3:51pm EST
United Airlines Flight 837 has made an emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) after one of its engines caught fire shortly after take-off, officials and witnesses say. There were no reports of injuries.
Flight 837, a Boeing 747 with 231 people on board, took off from San Francisco International Airport just after 12 p.m. PT on Monday for a flight to Narita International Airport in Japan. It experienced some sort of a problem almost immediately after taking off.
Witnesses reported seeing flames coming out of the aircraft's left inboard engine and said loud bangs were heard moments after it took off. Officials told ABC7 that one of the plane's compressor's had stalled in one of the engines, causing it to catch fire.
The aircraft entered a holding pattern just off the coast of Santa Cruz and remained there for more than an hour as it prepared for its return to San Francisco. The plane eventually made a safe landing at 1:34 p.m. and was met by fire trucks, but they were not needed.
There were no reports of injuries as a result of Monday's incident. A Boeing 747 is equipped with four engines and is capable of flying even with just one engine, and there was no indication of a serious threat except for a precautionary landing caused by the fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will look into the cause of the engine problems.
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