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A United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco made an emergency landing at Sydney Airport in Australia on March 11, 2024.


A United Airlines flight was forced to return to Sydney just two hours into the nearly 14-hour journey to San Francisco, in the airline’s fifth flight incident in seven days.

The Boeing 777-300 plane, with 183 passengers and crew on board, was diverted due to a “maintenance issue,” according to a statement from United Airlines.

“The plane landed safely and the passengers disembarked normally at the gate. We offered passengers an overnight stay and rebooked them to San Francisco,” the airline said.

Monday’s incident on United Flight 830 is the latest in a series of incidents to hit the US airline in recent days.

Last week, an engine that had swallowed bubble wrap caught fire in mid-air, while another flight lost a tire after takeoff on Thursday.

On Friday, a United Airlines plane skidded off the runway onto a grassy area, and in another incident, a flight from San Francisco to Mexico City was diverted to Los Angeles after a problem with the plane’s hydraulic system, the airline said.

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is also under intense scrutiny after a series of quality and safety problems.

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