Cross-Country Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A cross-country flight from Boston to San Francisco made an emergency landing at the Lincoln Airport using only one engine.

Emergency crews responded to the runway just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Chief of the Lincoln Airport Police, a United Airlines 747 reported mechanical issues that forced it to land. Bruce Claflin of Maine was on the flight.

"The pilot came on, said we had lost an engine and we would have to make an emergency landing," Claflin said. "People were self-contained, but nervous."

Officials say the plane landed safely at 1:20 p.m.

"When we landed, we, of course, had only one engine to reverse, so he had to really apply the breaks," Claflin said.

Officials say the passengers were ushered off the plane. They say the airline is sending in another plane to take people to San Francisco. The passengers are expected to leave Lincoln until 7:30 p.m.