A Delta Airlines flight from Paris to Detroit had to circle over the English countryside to burn off fuel before diverting to Amsterdam for inspection after developing a mid-air fault.
An airline representative told My Fox Detroit the wing flaps on flight DAL99 were unable to retract after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
But before it could land, the aircraft had to circle above England, in particular over Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, at 25,000ft to burn off enough fuel to be the right weight for landing.
The plane landed safely at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport at 4.14pm on Wednesday, reports the Star Tribune.
The Airbus 330 was carrying 298 passengers and 11 crew.
A spokeswoman from Delta Airlines told the BBC: "Once on the ground, the aircraft will be inspected and the next step will be determined."
Delta Airline was in the headlines just last week after a paralysed man claimed crew told him the only way to get off the plane was to crawl down the aisle - on two flights.
D Baraka Kanaan, from Hawaii, who suffers from partial paralysis of his legs stemming from a car accident, filed a lawsuit against the airline, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
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