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United Airlines planes parked at the gates of Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport.
A United Airlines flight bound for Rome returned to New Jersey shortly after midnight Thursday “to address a possible loss of cabin pressure,” according to a statement from the airline.
Data from tracking site FlightAware shows that the plane descended rapidly in about 8 minutes from 37,000 feet at 10:07 p.m. to just under 9,000 feet at 10:15 p.m. Pilots often descend rapidly to lower altitudes when there is concern about the pressurization of the plane. .
United Airlines Flight 510 returned safely to Newark Liberty International Airport around 12:25 a.m. ET on Thursday after the crew reported a “pressurization issue,” according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Boeing 777 flight, carrying 270 passengers and 14 crew members, landed safely and never lost cabin pressure, United Airlines said.
Customers were taken to their destination on another plane, United added.
CNN contacted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, but was referred back to United and the FAA.