SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A Japan Airlines flight headed to San Francisco on Monday night had to turn around mid-flight because of a mechanical problem, an airline spokeswoman said.

Japan Airlines Flight 2, a Boeing 777, had departed from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport but returned several hours after takeoff because of a hydraulic issue, spokeswoman Carol Anderson said.

The passengers were placed on a different flight, and all arrived safely at San Francisco International Airport this morning, Anderson said.

The aircraft has since been repaired and inspected and is back in service, she said.

The flight had originally departed at midnight Tuesday, Tokyo time, according to the airline.

As it turns out, the jet involved in Saturday’s deadly crash at SFO was also a Boeing 777. As KPIX 5’s Brian Hackney reported Monday, the most similar SFO crash to this weekend’s tragedy was a 1968 Japan Airlines flight involving a DC-8.

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