A United Airlines flight to Rome was forced to turn back after a pressurization problem caused it to plummet 28,000 feet in eight minutes

A United Airlines flight to Rome returned to New Jersey just after midnight Thursday “to address a possible loss of cabin pressure,” the airline said in a statement.

Data from tracking site FlightAware shows the plane quickly descended from 37,000 feet at 10:07 p.m. to just under 9,000 feet at 10:15 p.m. in about 8 minutes. Pilots often descend quickly to lower altitudes when there are concerns about the aircraft’s pressure.

United Airlines Flight 510 returned safely to Newark Liberty International Airport around 12:25 p.m. ET on Thursday after the crew reported a “pressure issue,” according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Boeing 777 flight carrying 270 passengers and 14 crew landed safely and never lost cabin pressure, United Airlines said.

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Customers were taken to their destination on a different aircraft, United added.

CNN reached out to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey but was referred back to United and the FAA.

James Brien

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