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Australia-Bound Jetliner Makes Emergency SFO Landing

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A United Airlines plane comes in for a landing. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

A United Airlines plane comes in for a landing. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A United Airlines flight bound for Sydney, Australia was forced to make an emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday night, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Pilots aboard United Flight 863 declared an emergency a short time after taking off from SFO at 10:45 p.m., FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

One of four engines powering the Boeing 747-400 apparently failed, Kenitzer said.

The plane turned around and landed safely at SFO without further incident, he said.

A spokesperson for United Airlines did not immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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