NEWARK, N.J. — Newark Liberty Airport has reopened after grounding all flights when a United Airlines flight blew two tires during an emergency landing Saturday morning, The FAA said.
“Airport reopened. Expect delays. Please check with your carriers,” the airport tweeted at 9:37 a.m.
Newark Airport initially made its announcement about the ground stop around 8:45 a.m. Saturday, at the time only calling it an “airport emergency” on Twitter.
According to a statement from the FAA, United Airlines Flight 2098 made an emergency landing at Newark Airport around 8:45 a.m. in which two of the airplane’s tires were blown and the crew reported a brake problem.
The United flight departed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and was heading to Houston’s George Bush International Airport when it was forced to make the emergency landing, the FAA says.
According to the FAA, passengers on the flight were deplaned via emergency slides.
“United 2098, an Airbus A320, landed on Runway 22L at Newark Liberty International Airport today at 8:46 a.m. The crew reported a brake problem. The two left main tires blew when landing. Runway 22L remains closed at this time. Passengers were deplaned via slides. The flight departed LaGuardia Airport en route to Houston. The FAA will investigate. Contact the airline for passenger information. We will update this statement when more information becomes available,” the statement reads.
United couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
A United Airlines flight blew two tired during an emergency landing at Newark Airport, FAA says. (@jmurray26 on Twitter)
A passenger aboard a United Airlines flight, John Murray, told CNN his plane was diverted to Newark because of an emergency with that aircraft shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Saturday morning.
“All I know is that 10 minutes after takeoff we weren’t getting much altitude, we were just circling around northern New Jersey and not going anywhere,” he said. “That’s when we landed … at Newark.”
“Emergency crews ushered us out of the plane” after landing, he said.
“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.”
All passengers eventually were taken to a terminal, Murray said. He said was looking into getting another flight.
David Eckert on Twitter, who says he was at the airport, tweeted at 9:30 a.m. that departures had been apparently cleared at the airport.
Eckert also tweeted earlier Saturday morning that buses were coming to pickup passengers who were apparently on the runway after an airplane landed and blocked a runway.