United Airlines flight circles over Atlantic for hours, makes emergency landing over mechanical issue

A United Airlines flight from New Jersey to Brazil on Wednesday circled the Atlantic for nearly two hours and made an emergency landing because of a mechanical problem, flight officials said.
Flight 149 departed Newark Liberty International Airport at 11 p.m. ET Wednesday evening, bound for São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport with 256 passengers on board, according to flight history.
The plane experienced a "mechanical problem" shortly after takeoff, United Airlines said in a statement, revealing that the initial maintenance inspection indicated a problem with the hydraulic pump.
"It stayed in the air to burn fuel and then landed safely," the airline said. "Passengers disembarked at the gate and a new plane is scheduled to depart this morning."
A map of the flight's history shows it flying in repeated circles over the ocean off the coast of New Jersey before landing back in Newark around 1 a.m.
The plane, a Boeing 777-200, landed after the crew reported an "emergency," the Federal Aviation Administration said, noting that an investigation was ongoing.
This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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