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Texas-Bound United Plane Makes 'Terrifying' Emergency Landing

"We circled for about an hour dumping fuel and when we went in for a landing, the plane tipped quickly to one side," Jody Genessy said

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    A Texas-bound United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines overheated while flying over the Pacific Ocean, passengers say. (Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017)

    A Texas-bound United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines overheated while flying over the Pacific Ocean, passengers say.

    Flight 1516 departed Liberia, Costa Rica, to Houston, Texas, Monday before the 737 experienced "a maintenance issue," according to United Airlines spokesperson Erin Benson.

    The pilot returned to Liberia's Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport for an emergency landing.

    Jody Genessy, a passenger on the flight, told NBC News it was one of the most terrifying things he has ever experienced.

    Mexico Earthquake Interrupts Anniversary Interview of 1985 Quake Victim

    [NATL-DFW] Mexico City Earthquake Interrupts 1985 Quake Anniversary Interview

    Telemundo 39 reporter Norma Garcia was in Mexico City Tuesday interviewing a survivor of the catastrophic 1985 earthquake, where at least 5,000 people die, on its anniversary when a 7.1 magnitude temblor rocked the capital city.

    Towards the end of the interview, the siren of a seismic alert began to ring.

    Garcia, photographer Daniel Manrique and the woman being interviewed, Susana Irma Laguna Aburto, struggled to remain on their feet as they tried to move from the garden where they were shooting to a safer area.

    In Manrique's video, buildings can be seen moving, power lines swaying and cars jolting from side to side.

    None of the people in the video were injured in the quake.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017)

    "We circled for about an hour dumping fuel and when we went in for a landing, the plane tipped quickly to one side," Genessy said.

    "My friends on the other side of the plane said they saw the wings almost touched the tarmac and then went too far back to the other side...and he [the pilot] pulled up. It was about a split second. Then we circled around again and it was wobbly and we were all freaking out."

    "It was a pretty horrifying way to end an amazing weekend," Genessy said.

    Genessy told NBC News United provided him and his wife meal vouchers and a room at a nearby hotel ahead of their rescheduled flight Tuesday.

    "United is getting a lot of grief right now, and I’m a Delta guy, but my hat’s off to the pilot," Genessy added. "As far as I’m concerned, he saved our lives."

    A new aircraft was dispatched to take passengers to Houston Tuesday.