This is the terrifying moment when a United Airlines plane drops flaming wreckage near a busy runway in New Jersey.
Flight UA149 from Newark Airport to Sao Paulo, Brazil had to make a dramatic turn after experiencing a technical problem with its hydraulic system.
The dramatic footage shows Boeing’s massive engine glowing as flames lick the plane and parts of it fall into the vicinity.
The flight map shows how the plane circled as it returned to Newark Airport in New Jersey.
Huge pieces of flaming metal were seen as it rained down from the sky – narrowly avoiding vehicles near the crowded runway.
A photo, posted by a frightened spectator, later confirmed suspicions of a wreck.
According to Areoxplorer, the Boeing 777-200ER exhibited an altitude of 24,000 feet, when the plane experienced a suspected hydraulic pressure pump malfunction.
The Radar Box mapping system showed that the UA149 flew in a loop back to the departure point at Newark International Airport – about 90 minutes after takeoff.
United Airlines has not yet issued a statement.
The accident comes just over a year after another United Arline commercial flight caused mayhem when an engine exploded in mid-air.
An “engine failure” caused the plane to drop parts on homes in Colorado as panicked passengers shared video footage of the engine igniting.
The explosion, visible from the ground, left a trail of black smoke in the sky, small pieces of insulation, and an air filled with ash.
David DeLucia, who was traveling on a Boeing 777-200 that day, described how “I think we’re falling.”
“When it first happened, I thought we were done. I thought we were going down,” said DeLucia, who put his wallet in his pocket so he could be easily identified if the plane went down.
Fortunately, the plane landed safely at Denver International Airport, authorities said, and no one was hurt.
But those in the air and on the ground were severely shaken.
After the accident, Pratt & Whitney 777 aircraft were grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
But the plane soon returned to the skies after the administration deemed it safe to operate.