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United Airlines flight returns to DIA after mechanical issue

Passengers on Flight 293 boarded a different aircraft to Orlando after the incident Sunday.
Credit: Nick Burke

DENVER — A United Airlines flight from Denver to Orlando, Florida, on Sunday morning, returned to Denver International Airport (DIA) after the aircraft had a mechanical issue with one of its engines, according to a United Airlines spokesperson.

According to FlightAware, United Airlines Flight 293, a Boeing 737-800, took off from DIA at 7:59 a.m. and circled around the airport before landing safely back at the airport at 8:27 a.m.

Credit: FlightAware

A viewer of Colorado Springs station KRDO, Nick Burke, shared a photo of the aircraft at DIA about 9 a.m. Sunday morning. One of the engines on the aircraft was damaged. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the flight returned due to an issue with an engine panel. The aircraft landed without incident. 

United Airlines released a statement regarding the mechanical issue:

United flight 293 from Denver to Orlando returned to the airport due to a mechanical issue with one of the engines. The flight landed safely and taxied to a gate where customers deplaned normally. Customers have departed on a different aircraft to Orlando.

A spokesperson for the airline said no passengers or crew were injured.

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