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United Airlines UA28 Plane Lands Safely After Four Hour Ordeal Over English Channel

17/12/2014 14:12 GMT | Updated 17/12/2014 16:59 GMT

Update: After over four hours in the air flight UAL28 has now landed safely at London Heathrow. According to United Airlines the plane was suffering from 'maintenance issues' which led to the decision being made to turn back to London.

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A Boeing 767 bound for Newark Airport has been burning fuel over the English Channel for three hours, reports say.

The plane left Heathrow at 11:04 GMT but began circling in a holding pattern at around 12,000 feet shortly after.

United Airlines hasn't yet confirmed the reason for this, other than confirming "maintenance issues". More information will be provided as we receive it.

No further information has been given, but speculation suggests that their could be a problem with the landing gear, or possibly a pressurisation issue.

UA28 would need to burn fuel before landing due to structural restrictions related to the weight.

The flight is now scheduled to land at Heathrow at 15:00 GMT.

More to follow.