NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened after a United plane had to make an emergency landing Saturday morning.
Officials say the flight left LaGuardia Airport around 8:30 a.m. and was heading for Houston, but it experienced a mechanical issue upon take-off. The flight was then diverted to Newark.
The plane blew a tire when it landed, and officials say there was “other structural damage that forced closure of the runway.”
The passengers deplaned on the runway and were taken to the terminal by bus.
Sat., 6/29, Newark Airport; #PAPD Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Unit responded to an evacuation of a United Airbus 319, Flight 2098.The flight departed LGA and diverted to Newark with an inflight emergency. Minor injuries & aircraft damage reported. #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ #PAPDARFF pic.twitter.com/qk1VFHrW4n
— Port Authority PBA (@PAPD911) June 29, 2019
According to Port Authority officials, there were a few minor injuries. Further details have not yet been released.
There were no arrivals or departures at the airport for about an hour, starting around 8:45 a.m.
The airport reopened around 9:40 a.m. Delays are expected.