United Airlines flight circles offshore Oahu due to possible fuel pump issue

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A United Airlines flight headed to Newark circled offshore Oahu for a couple of hours due to a mechanical issue.

A Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesperson confirmed that the Boeing 767 aircraft was burning off fuel in order to get to a certain weight so that it was safe for the plane to land. The spokesperson emphasized that it was not an emergency situation.

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United Airlines said on Wednesday that the aircraft encountered a possible fuel pump issue shortly after take-off at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to FlightAware, the plane landed in Honolulu at around 6:30 p.m.

United was working to get customers on other flights.

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