United Airlines Flight Suddenly Plummets 28,000 Feet In Eight Minutes

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A United Airlines flight rapidly descended from 37,000 feet to just below 9,000 feet in 8 minutes Thursday morning. 

United Airlines Flight 510, en route to Rome, returned to Newark Liberty International Airport to address a potential cabin pressure problem, CNN reported. Flight data shows the plane descending at 10:07 p.m., but that’s standard procedure when pressurization concerns arise.

The Boeing 777 flight, carrying 270 passengers and 14 crew members, returned safely. “The flight landed safely, and there was never any loss of cabin pressure,” a United Airlines spokesperson said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail. (RELATED: Airline Trolls Angry Customers With Instagram Post)

Passengers were placed on another aircraft to continue their trip.

United Airlines recently faced criticism over a systemwide technology issue that forced all flights to be grounded over Labor Day weekend. The ground stop lasted a little more than an hour and did not affect planes already in the air.

Customers have been experiencing multiple delays since the pandemic, CNN reported. President Joe Biden announced  Sept. 7 that he has nominated a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator, Michael G. Whitaker. Whitaker will take over if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.