US-bound United Airlines flight is forced to make emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport

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A flight bound for the US was forced to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh airport as fire crew raced to the scene.   

United Airlines flight UAL39 left the Scottish capital at around 9.40am this morning to Newark, New Jersey, but was forced to circle shortly after takeoff.

The Boeing 757-200 quickly returned to Edinburgh at around 11am where it made the emergency landing. 

Fire engines met the plane on the runway after it experienced ‘technical difficulties’, however it is currently unclear what the issue was. 

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

Scottish Fire and Rescue service confirmed they were in attendance along with airport crew and the plane landed safely. 

A SFRS spokesperson said: ‘We received a call at 11.38am and sent fire appliances, one height appliance, one heavy rescue unit and one incident support unit.

‘We stood down at 11.59am and airport fire service dealt with the incident.’

United Airlines have since apologised for the delayed flight.

A spokesman said: ‘Our team at Edinburgh Airport provided assistance to customers of United flight 39 today, which returned to Edinburgh Airport due to technical reasons. 

‘The aircraft landed safely at 10:38 am and customers disembarked normally. 

‘United flight 39 has since departed Edinburgh for Newark and is expected to arrive at 4:11 pm. 

We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused. 

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