United Airlines was forced to cancel a Venice, Italy-bound flight
after the plane suffered a massive fuel leak while waiting to
take off at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Video captured by a passenger on board the Boeing 767-300 shows
fuel gushing from its left wing.
According to a United Airlines spokesperson, the aircraft has
been taken out of service. However, the airline did not disclose
the amount of the fuel spilled or the cause of the spill.
The incident, which took place Tuesday evening, forced United
Flight 170 to return to the gate and its passenger to disembark.
Passengers on the flight were provided hotel rooms for the night
and rebooked on later flights.
In a statement to Business Insider, United Airlines wrote:
“While taxiing to the runway yesterday evening, United
flight 170 traveling from Newark to Venice, Italy returned to the
gate due to a fuel leak, and was later cancelled. We apologize to
our customers for the inconvenience. Our team helped provide
customers with hotel accommodations for the night and are working
to get them back on their way to Venice today.”