United Airlines plane makes emergency landing in San Francisco

A mechanical problem forced a United Airlines plane bound for Washington, D.C. to return to San Francisco International Airport for an emergency landing Monday morning less than an hour after departing, officials said.

United Airlines Flight 516 departed for Washington-Dulles International Airport at 9:23 a.m., but the plane experienced an unknown mechanical problem during flight, said United spokesman Madhu Unnikrishnan. The plane turned around and landed safely at SFO at 10:09 a.m.

The problem was fixed and the flight is expected to depart from San Francisco a second time around noon today, Unnikrishnan said.

SFO officials expected 70,000 travelers to go through the airport on Monday.

Gwendolyn Wu is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: gwendolyn.wu@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @gwendolynawu

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