United Airlines Flight to Rome Drops 28,000 Feet in Mere Minutes, Diverts Back to Newark: Reports

Sept. 18, 2023

A flight bound for Rome, Italy, headed back to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey just after midnight Thursday due to a cabin pressurization issue that caused the plane to plunge over 28,000 feet in 8 to 10 minutes.

Data from the tracking site Flightware showed the plane rapidly descended over about 8 minutes from 37,000 feet at 10:07 p.m. to just below 9,000 feet at about 10:15 p.m., CNN reported.

It was on Wednesday when United Airlines Flight 510 took off from Newark at 8:37 p.m., heading to Rome.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, however, confirmed with CNN and Fox News Digital that the flight was diverted back to Newark and safely landed at around 12:25 a.m. Thursday after the crew reported a “pressurization issue.”

CNN said that pilots will often quickly descend to lower altitudes when there is concerned about the plane’s pressurization.

United Airlines also told Fox News Digital that the flight returned to the airport “to address a possible loss of cabin pressure.”

“The flight landed safely and there was never any loss of cabin pressure,” the spokesperson said to the news outlet.

The Boeing 777 was en route to Rome-Fiumicino International Airport with 270 passengers and 14 crew members aboard the aircraft at the time.

Fortunately, the United Airlines spokesperson told sources that a different plane was used to take passengers to their destination.

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