United Airlines flight to London returns to Newark after 'smoke in cabin'

Passengers smelled smoke shortly after takeoff

United Airlines flight to London returns to Newark after 'smoke in cabin'

A United Airlines flight from New Jersey to London was forced to return to Newark Liberty International Airport after reports of smoke in the cabin.

Flight 922, which was headed for Heathrow, returned safely to Newark about an hour after takeoff on Wednesday morning.

The plane was carrying 84 passengers and 13 crew members, and everybody disembarked safely, reports ABC News.

After making an emergency landing, the plane was inspected by maintenance crew, and the flight was cancelled.

United Airlines spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said people on board reported an electrical smell in the passenger cabin.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "We cancelled the flight so our maintenance team could service the aircraft, and we provided customers alternate flights to their destinations."

The flight was meant to land in London at 9pm on Wednesday, but instead a later flight got passengers to their destination at 6.30am on Thursday morning.

One passenger took to Twitter about the experience, writing: "Smell of smoke emanating from the cockpit area. No visual signs of anything out of ordinary except power not working properly."

According to NJ.com, Federal Administration Aviation officials are now investigating what caused the smoke issue.

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