- Associated Press - Sunday, August 19, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A United Airlines flight landed safely Saturday at Newark after taking off from the airport for Berlin and then returning when something apparently went wrong with one of the engines, authorities said.

Airline spokesman Joe Micucci said the Boeing 757 “experienced a mechanical issue with the engine” after takeoff from Newark Liberty International Airport at 5:50 p.m. Saturday. He said Flight 96 landed safely about 8:10 p.m.

The plane was carrying 173 passengers and crew members. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, said no one was injured.

Kathleen Bergen of the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crew initially reported “an issue” with the plane’s left engine but the aircraft then began operating normally. She said that, as a precaution, fuel was burned off west of Newark before the plane landed.