December 17, 2014 / 1:22 PM / in 4 years

U.S.-bound United Airlines lands back in London after 'maintenance issue'

LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S.-bound United Airlines flight with 240 people aboard has returned to London’s Heathrow airport, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24, after an unspecified maintenance issue forced it to circle for hours above the English Channel on Wednesday.

Flight UA28 to Newark, New Jersey, operated by a Boeing 767 aircraft, had been circling off the south coast of England for more than four hours before it landed at Heathrow at about 1046 ET.

Earlier, United said in a statement: “United Airlines flight UA28 ... with 227 customers and a crew of 13 on board, is returning to Heathrow because of a maintenance issue.” It did not elaborate.

Reporting by Sarah Young and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison

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