Passengers were evacuated from a United Airlines Boeing 757 Tuesday night at Newark Liberty International Airport after an apparent engine fire.
Five people received minor injuries during the evacuation. The incident forced the suspension of all flights at the airport for about two hours.
United Airlines Flight 1579 was readying to depart Newark for San Francisco on Tuesday night when the incident occurred.
“Last night, during taxiing of United Flight 1579 from Newark to San Francisco, the tower notified the crew of what appeared to be flames from one of the engines,” United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said in a Wednesday morning statement to USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog.
“The crew immediately deployed the slides and safely evacuated the aircraft,” Guerin continued. “Customers were transported back to the terminal and departed Newark on a new aircraft at 1:35 a.m. and arrived in San Francisco this morning at 3:42 a.m. Five customers reported minor injuries and were cleared to travel. We’re grateful for the swift actions of our flight crew and we’re thankful customers were safe.”
There were 124 passengers and seven crew on the flight, according to Guerin.
CBS New York said Newark Liberty “was closed for almost two hours as the Boeing 757 jet was towed to the United hangar and its passengers were shuttled by bus to Terminal C.” A number of flights were delayed as officials responded to the incident and then moved the aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate the incident.
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