United flight from Newark makes emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base

DOVER, Delaware -- A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base Monday night.

United Airlines 1559 was headed from Newark International Airport to Palm Beach International when the pilot declared an emergency due to a mechanical problem.

"The pilots of #UA1559 reported 'trouble with the elevator' to air traffic controllers before landing at Dover Air Force Base," ABC News' Jeffrey Cook reported. "Such a problem would lead to controllability challenges. Hence the diversion to the long runways at the Air Force Base."

According to officials, the plane, a Boeing 737, landed safely at Dover Air Force Base around 7:20 p.m.

Passenger Zlata Faerman was on the flight with her family. She chronicled the ordeal on her Instagram account, Zlata Thoughts.

She recorded video of a United States Air Force fire engine responding to the scene after their plane landed at the base.

"When you have an emergency landing and this guy helps you out. Crazy," she said.

In another video, Faerman explained what happened.

"Had an emergency landing in Delaware somewhere, a military base," she said. "No photos allowed once we get off the plane. Have to wait here for two hours and then get onto another plane."

United Airlines issued the following statement following the landing:

Our maintenance team is inspecting the aircraft and we are working to get our customers to Palm Beach as soon as possible.

Passengers eventually did make it to their Florida destination.

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