A United Airlines Boeing 757 jet flying from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) bound for London’s Heathrow Airport Sunday night had to divert for an emergency landing in Newfoundland, Canada after an
apparent loss of altitude engine issue.
United Flight 130 left Washington Dulles at 7:20 PM EDT and was about 2 hours in to its trip to Heathrow when pilots diverted back to St. John’s Airport in Newfoundland.
A passenger aboard the flight, Ellie Cauldwell, said it felt like the plane had a sudden drop of altitude according to ‘The Mail Online’:
‘The plane dropped and it felt like being on a ferry when it goes up and down,’ she said.
‘Most of the cabin crew were running up the aisles and we were not told anything for a while.
‘We could tell from the on-screen maps that we had lost height – from around 40,000ft to 20,000ft – and that we had turned round.
“We gathered there was something wrong with one of the engines.’
Reports say the 757 dropped from 40,000 feet to 20,000 feet but United has not given a reason as to the problem…only that they diverted and landed safely in Canada.
Passengers were accommodated on other flights.
Airnation.net reached out to United for a comment. United told us that they performed a “gradual descent from cruise altitude as indicated in SOPs.” There was no sudden drop in altitude.