United flight to Newark forced to land due to loss of cabin pressure

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United flight to Newark forced to land  due to loss of cabin pressure
United flight to Newark forced to land due to loss of cabin pressure

A Newark-bound United Airlines flight had to turn back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida shortly after takeoff following a loss of pressure in the cabin, officials said.

The Boeing 737-900 made it back to Fort Lauderdale before 7 a.m. and all passengers safely got off the plane, United said in a statement. The flight was only in the air for a few minutes when pilots discovered the problem, according to FlightAlerts. There were 179 passengers and six crew members aboard.

A different aircraft is now scheduled to depart at 2 p.m. and touch down in New Jersey at 4:43 p.m.

Passengers will be compensated for the wait, according to the airline.

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