Boeing 757 makes emergency landing in Norfolk, US

17 January 2016 (Last Updated January 17th, 2016 18:30)

A Boeing 727 has made an emergency landing at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Virginia, US, as the pilot experienced a problem in the engine of the aircraft.

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A Boeing 757 has made an emergency landing at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Virginia, US, as the pilot experienced a problem in the engine of the aircraft.

The United Airlines flight 1470, with 213 passengers on board, was diverted to Norfolk two hours after its take off from the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, US at 9:21am local time.

The crew in the flight, which was bound for Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic, noticed and reported a failure in the right engine of the Boeing 757 that had shut down.

They succeeded in restarting the engine, but as a precautionary measure decided to make an emergency landing.

"They succeeded in restarting the engine, but as a precautionary measure decided to make an emergency landing."

The passenger and crew in the flight landed safely, with no injuries recorded, at 11:45am local time, after which the plane was taxied to a United gate.

Norfolk International Airport deputy executive director Robert S Bowen was quoted by 13News Now as saying that a mechanic was looking into the issue of the plane.

A spokesperson of United Airlines told 13News Now that a replacement aircraft was assigned to Norfolk International Airport to ensure that the stranded passengers could reach their destination.

A few days ago, two US Navy F/A-18 fighter jets heading for Naval Station Oceana had to make emergency landings at Norfolk after running low on fuel.

The pilots attempted to land on the runways of Oceana as well as Naval Station Norfolk, but the unavailability of the two runways for other operations forced them to land at ORF.


Image: The Boeing 757 took off from Newark Airport at 9:21am local time. Photo: courtesy of Jared and Corin/Wikipedia.