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. No injuries were reported from the incident, United confirmed.
“Airport reopened. Expect delays. Please check with your carriers,” the airport tweeted at 9:37 a.m., followed by another tweet around 10:20 a.m. with further explanation.
Newark Airport initially made an announcement at 8:45 a.m. Saturday that all flights in and out of the airport were halted due to what they described at the time as 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 A319, 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.
Newark Airport said in a tweet around 2:15 p.m. that the United airplane was removed from the runway.
A spokesperson for United Airlines gave the following statement about the incident to PIX11:
“United flight 2098 from LaGuardia to Houston experienced a mechanical issue upon take-off and diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport. Our pilots reacted quickly to ensure the safety of the aircraft and our customers, who deplaned using deployed slides after landing. There are no reported injuries and we’re making alternate arrangements to get our customers to their final destination as soon as possible.”
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.