United Airlines flight 510 experienced a malfunction of sorts last Wednesday.
According to sources, the plane took off from Newark New Jersey on a scheduled flight to Rome but was forced to return to Newark following an incident that plunged the jet airline almost 30,000 ft in mere minutes.
Spokespeople for the airline company claimed that the sudden plunge was due to a pressure issue, though it has not been revealed as to what exactly caused the pressurization issue.
The flight, carrying 284 individuals including the crew, was able to land safely, and the FAA has launched an investigation into the incident.
CBS Evening News reports: “The FAA Is investigating the rapid descent of a United Airlines jet that was traveling from Newark, New Jersey to Rome. Pilots on the flight reported a possible pressurization issue about 50 minutes into the flight and had to circle back to the airport for an emergency landing.”
The FAA Is investigating the rapid descent of a United Airlines jet that was traveling from Newark, New Jersey to Rome. Pilots on the flight reported a possible pressurization issue about 50 minutes into the flight and had to circle back to the airport for an emergency landing. pic.twitter.com/Y43oApBaSk
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 14, 2023
CNN had more details:
Data from the tracking site FlightAware show the plane rapidly descended over about 8 minutes from 37,000 feet at 10:07 p.m. to just below 9,000 feet at 10:15 p.m.
Pilots will often quickly descend to lower altitudes when there is a concern about the plane’s pressurization.
World Airline News and other outlets confirmed: “United Airlines flight UA 510 descends 28,000 feet in 8 minutes due to a ‘pressurization issue.'”
United Airlines flight UA 510 descends 28,000 feet in 8 minutes due to a ‘pressurization issue’ https://t.co/yRBXZwm0e5
— World Airline News (@WorldALNews) September 16, 2023
A United Airlines flight plunged 28,000 feet in 10 minutes and changed course to go back to New Jersey, according to a report in New York Post. Flight 510 was on its way from Newark to Rome on Wednesday when it experienced an issue with cabin pressure. pic.twitter.com/OIun3rRLog
— MrDeepak (@X_MrDeepak) September 15, 2023
United Airlines Flight 510 had to divert back to Newark due to a pressurization issue. The Boeing 777 dropped 28,000 feet in 10 minutes but landed safely. #society – summary © https://t.co/kvlJoBs4iZ –
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Daily Wire shared this related incident:
In December, at least five people went to the hospital for injuries sustained during “severe turbulence” on a United Airlines flight from Brazil headed to Houston.
“The flight experienced severe turbulence that resulted in five passengers being transported to the hospital once it landed in Houston,” public information officer Augusto Bernal said.