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United Airlines flight UAL39 departed this morning from 9.40 am from the Scottish capital to Newark, New Jersey, but had to circle shortly after takeoff

The US-bound flight of United Airlines is forced to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh airport before firefighters are moved to the scene

  • United Airlines had to fly back to Edinburgh Airport and was met by fire engines
  • It was planned to arrive in Newark, New Jersey, but was delayed by four hours
  • It is currently unclear why the aircraft had to circle before it returned
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A flight to the US was forced to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh airport while the fire brigade was racing on the scene.

United Airlines flight UAL39 departed this morning from around 9.40 am from the Scottish capital to Newark, New Jersey, but had to circle shortly after takeoff.

The Boeing 737 quickly returned to Edinburgh around 11 o'clock in the morning, where it made the emergency landing.

United Airlines flight UAL39 departed this morning from 9.40 am from the Scottish capital to Newark, New Jersey, but had to circle shortly after takeoff

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United Airlines flight UAL39 departed this morning from 9.40 am from the Scottish capital to Newark, New Jersey, but had to circle shortly after takeoff

Fire trucks met the aircraft on the runway after it & # 39; technical issues & # 39; but it is currently unclear what the problem was.

The flight, which had 164 customers on board, was delayed by almost four hours and finally left Edinburgh at 1.55 pm.

The Scottish fire brigade and rescue service confirmed that they were present, along with the airport staff and the plane landed safely.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “We received a call at 11.38 am and sent fire equipment, a height device, a heavy rescue unit and an incident support unit.

The flight, which had 164 customers on board, was delayed by almost four hours and finally left Edinburgh at 1.55 pm (stock pic)

The flight, which had 164 customers on board, was delayed by almost four hours and finally left Edinburgh at 1.55 pm (stock pic)

The flight, which had 164 customers on board, was delayed by almost four hours and finally left Edinburgh at 1.55 pm (stock pic)

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& # 39; We closed at 11.59 am and the airport fire brigade handled the incident. & # 39;

United Airlines has since apologized for the delayed flight.

A spokesperson said: “Our team at Edinburgh Airport today provided assistance to customers of United flight 39, who returned to Edinburgh Airport for technical reasons.

& # 39; The plane landed safely at 10:38 am and customers disembarked normally.

& # 39; United flight 39 has since left Edinburgh for Newark and is expected to arrive at 4:11 pm.

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