United Flight #UA1516 to Houston, Texas, from Liberia, Costa Rica made an emergency landing after one of its engines overheated.

The Boeing 737-800 (reg. N16234) planned to take off at 1225 LT had to burn fuel for about one hour over gulf of Mexico before returning to Liberia.

Liberia Airport stopped traffic for a while to allow United Airlines plane to make a safe landing. Fire trucks, ambulances and emergency vehicles waited for the Boeing 737.

In a statement, United Airlines commented on the incident: “Flight 1516, traveling from Liberia, Costa Rica to Houston, returned to Liberia due to a maintenance issue. The plane landed safely and a new aircraft is being sent to take customers to Houston tomorrow. We apologize to all customers on board for their experience and will be providing compensation for the inconvenience.”

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