United San Francisco Flight Returns Sydney Due Mechanical Issues

A United Airlines Boeing 777 on the taxiway.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco has made a return to Sydney earlier today after experiencing mechanical problems.

United Airlines flight UA830, a Boeing 777-300ER bound for San Francisco (SFO) was forced to turn back to Sydney not long after departure.

United UA830 Sydney-San Francisco

The aircraft was outbound over the Pacific Ocean on climb through FL300 (30,000 feet) when it initiated a return.

The nature of the problem is yet to be clarified, and is described as ‘mechanical issues’.

Flight track of United UA83 from Sydney to San Francisco, showing return to Sydney.

Flight data shows that flight UA830 departed Sydney at 12: 31 local time today and set course normally for San Francisco International (SFO).

Whilst still on climb through 30,000 feet over the Pacific, the aircraft initiated the precautionary return at 02:30 UTC.

The United Airlines flight did not declare a formal emergency with transponder code 7700, and returned under normal squawk.

A technical problem reportedly caused an aircraft to return to Sydney Airport early. The exact cause is still being investigated. Emergency services vehicles were waiting for the plane upon landing.

Flight track of United UA83 from Sydney to San Francisco, showing return to Sydney.

The aircraft conducting today’s long haul service was a Boeing 777-300ER, registered N214OU. The widebody aircraft is a 6-year old airframe belong to US carrier United Airlines.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 2 Min Read
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