Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Diverted United Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Newark Airport

Diverted United Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Newark Airport

Reps for EWR announced the news on Twitter at 8:46 a.m., urging travelers to "check with your carrier before coming to the airport".

The airport tweeted Saturday morning, "Due to an airport emergency there are now no arrivals nor departures from Newark Airport".

The United Airlines flight bound for Houston's George Bush International Airport returned to the airport shortly after takeoff.

Anyone flying today should check with their airlines regarding flight schedules.

The plane's two left main tires blew when landing and it experienced other structural damage, forcing the closure of the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement. The crew reported a brake problem. "That's when we landed ... at Newark".

A plane made an emergency landing Saturday morning, but aircraft became disabled upon landing, an official briefed on the situation told ABC News.

The passengers deplaned on the runway and were taken to the terminal by bus.

Airport representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

The incident caused delays of more than an hour for inbound and outbound flights at Newark, according to tracking firm FlightAware.

"I spoke with one of the emergency crews who told us that apparently, we had a flat tire and there was something about friction ... and that possibly there was smoke, and that's why we had to make the emergency landing". The airport reopened around 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

"When a pilot wants to get a plane down, he wants to get it down and he could care less about the rubber on the wheels", Boyd said.

The airport tweeted later Saturday that it had reopened.

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