New York-bound flight forced to return to Oslo

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A United Airlines flight from Oslo to New York experienced engine trouble Wednesday morning and had to return to Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen, where it made a controlled landing. No passengers were injured but many were frightened.

Passenger Hilde Lindgren told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that a fellow passenger could see flames coming out of the engine and captured it on video. She said that right after takeoff, they all heard “an unusual noise” and then smelled something burning.

“The captain told us that one engine had failed and we had to return,” Lindgren told NRK. Fire engines, police and ambulances were waiting on the tarmac at OSL Gardermoen when the aircraft, a Boeing 757, landed safely but after what the pilot called “a difficult maneuver.”

A spokesman for the US-based airline said technicians were examining the plane and he couldn’t confirm the engine had caught fire. The flight had 153 passengers on board and all were waiting at the airport while the examination continued.

newsinenglish.no staff