Plane issue sees 300 passengers stuck on remote island after emergency landing

A flight carrying 300 passengers was on course to Australia when it encountered engine issues, requiring it to make a swift landing at a nearby airport.

The issue occurred while flying over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, making American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila the safest landing point.

The United flight 839 descended to Pago Pago Airport around midnight on Friday (December 30), threatening passengers with a New Years Eve spent more than 2,000 miles from their intended destination.

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United Airlines has responded to the situation by stating that arrangements are being made to accommodate passengers now stuck on the island.

In a statement United Airlines said: “Today’s flight diverted to Pago Pago to address a mechanical issue.

“We’re making use of our facilities, including available hotel options, to accommodate our customers, and will fly a new aircraft to the island so they can finish their trip to Sydney soon."

Concerned family members of the passengers have been taking to Twitter to provide updates on the situation.

One father tweeted: “‘My daughter is now stranded.”

Although it looks likely that passengers will miss their intended New Years Eve celebrations, travellers have been delighted to receive a warm welcome from residents on the island.

The father of the passenger also added that those onboard had “showered at hanger, got tour of the island and drinking beers on deserted beach. [sic]”

Another woman, who had a son and grandchildren on the plane, also took to Twitter to confirm the warm hospitality passengers had received.

She said: “Just spoke with (my son) and he said the Samoan ppl have been incredibly generous (as they always are) and everyone is being looked after before their flight early tomorrow morning. [sic]”

The passengers have been waiting for a new plane to arrive so they can continue their journey.

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