Authorities shut down Newark Airport on Tuesday night after an engine caught fire on a United Airlines flight.
The ground stop was issued “temporarily” as airport workers evacuated the plane and got everyone to safety, officials said.
At least five people suffered minor injuries while exiting the aircraft, including one person who hurt their ankle, according to United.
Flight 1579 — a Boeing 757 with 124 passengers and 7 crew members — had been scheduled to take off for San Francisco when the fire broke out at around 9 p.m., FAA officials said.
“During taxiing…the tower notified the crew of what appeared to be flames from one of the engines,” United said in a statement.
Passengers were forced to use the plane’s emergency chutes to deboard as smoke billowed from an engine on its right side.
“The crew immediately deployed the slides and evacuated the aircraft,” United said. “We are working to get our customers to San Francisco as soon as possible.”
Authorities issued the ground stop at around 9:30 p.m. and urged travelers to be patient.
“Newark Airport is temporarily closed due to deployment of emergency chutes on a plane with an apparent engine fire,” officials tweeted. “Expect delays.”
The fire was eventually extinguished and the ground stop was lifted around 10:30 p.m., officials said.
The incident, while totally unrelated, comes a little over a month after United’s David Dao disaster. The doctor made headlines on April 9 when he was roughed up and forcibly removed from a flight leaving Chicago.
The airline has been doing damage control ever since.
Credit: NY Post