Newark Airport Closed After Engine Fire Forces Evacuation of Plane

Newark Airport was temporarily closed Tuesday night after a plane’s engine caught fire, forcing the evacuation of its passengers using emergency chutes, sources tell NBC 4.

It’s unclear when the airport will reopen.

The engine caught fire and everyone was evacuated via slides from United 1579 due to engine fire  oN United Airlines flight 1579 caught fire and the crew had to pop open the chutes and evacuate passengers, the sources said.

United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said air traffic control notified the crew about flames coming from one of the engines of the San Francisco-bound plane.

“The crew immediately deployed the slides and evacuated the aircraft,” Guerin  said.

About 124 passengers and seven crew members left the plane, according to sources.

No injuries were reported in the fire, but one person was injured in a fall, possibly during the evacuation, the sources said. United call the injury minor.

The fire was extinguished, and the passengers and crew were being bused to Terminal C, Gate 71.

*****************

U/D PLANE IS DELAYED 4 HOURS.  SCHEDULE DEPARTURE SET FOR 12:30 AM 05/24/2017

SCHEDULED ARRIVAL IN SFO AT 3:17 AM

U/D 11:30 PM Airport re opened with 45 min delays.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here