United Airlines Boeing 777 between Newark and Sao Paulo suffers technical issue shortly after taking off

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On 21 September, a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 (registered N787UA) operated flight UA149 between New York Newark, United States, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shortly after take-off at Newark, however, the right engine emitted sparks.

The pilots entered a holding pattern above the Atlantic Ocean, and return to Newark where it safely landed 1 hour and 30 minutes after initial departure.

Early reports suggest that the aircraft faced a hydraulic pressure pump failure.

A plane spotter was able to film the incident and was – apparently – very excited about it:

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