NEWARK – A Continental Airlines flight bound for Tokyo made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport today about an hour after takeoff, following what officials have called a hydraulic problem.
Continental Flight 9, which departed Newark at 11:25 a.m., landed back at the airport at 12:15 p.m., said Julie King, a Continental spokeswoman. None of the 275 passengers or 16 crew members was hurt. The plane had been bound for Narita International Airport in Tokyo.
The jet, a Boeing 777, was taken out of service and is being inspected to determine the cause of the problem. A different plane was put into service to take the passengers to Tokyo.
Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane was forced back because of “a hydraulic problem.” She did not elaborate.
The jet was loaded with fuel for what is normally a 14-hour flight, and had to circle above central New Jersey to dump enough fuel and lighten it sufficiently for a safe landing. “This is normal,” she said.
The Boeing 777 is equipped with “a backup duplicate system, but when there is an issue with the hydraulic system, the procedure is to get back on the ground,” King said.
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