Plane returns to Reagan National after mechanical issue

A plane bound for Newark from Reagan National returned to the airport Tuesday shortly after taking off due to a mechanical issue.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said fire and rescue responded to United Airlines flight 4408, operated by Go Jet, around 10:30 a.m.

“The aircraft returned safely to DCA with a reported mechanical issue and was inspected and cleared by fire and rescue officials upon landing,” MWAA said. “There were no reported injuries, and the aircraft was then towed to its gate.”

United Airlines spokesperson said customers will be booked on one of the next flights to Newark, which occur hourly.

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William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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