December 17, 2014 / 1:11 PM / 3 years ago

U.S.-bound United Airlines flight returns to London after 'maintenance issue'

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - A U.S.-bound United Airlines flight is returning to London's Heathrow airport following a maintenance issue, the airline said in a statement on Wednesday.

Flight UA28 to Newark, New Jersey, had been circling off the south coast of England for about two hours.

"United Airlines flight UA28...with 227 customers and a crew of 13 on board, is returning to Heathrow because of a maintenance issue," United said in a statement emailed to Reuters. (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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