Takeoffs and landings have resumed at Newark Liberty International Airport after a United flight bound for Houston made an emergency landing.
Flight 2098 departed New York LaGuardia Airport at 7:57AM this morning, bound for Houston Bush Intercontinental. Shortly after takeoff, it experienced “hydraulics problems” and was forced to make an emergency landing in Newark.
The aircraft, an Airbus A319 (N837UA), sustained damage upon landing, when both tires blew out. Passengers exited the aircraft via emergency slides and were bussed into the terminal. Minor injuries were sustained by a handful of passengers.
Arrivals and departures were halted at around 8:45 AM EDT and the airport remained closed for about an hour.
I am currently on a United flight and have a connection in Newark this afternoon. I heard about this story when I receved the following email from United halfway over the Atlantic:
Disabled Aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport
We are experiencing significant delays today, June 29, because of a disabled aircraft on the runway at Newark Liberty International Airport. We’re working hard with the local airport authority to move the aircraft so we can resume regular operations, and hopefully this will not impact our flights tomorrow, June 30.If your travel plans are flexible, you may want to consider flying on a different day or connecting in a different city. The good news is that we’ll waive all the change fees, so visit the United app or united.com to check out your options.
If you recall, this is the second Saturday diversion at Newark this month. The last one occurred two weeks ago (details here). Let’s hope this does not become a more frequent pattern. I’m thankful no one appears to be seriously injured.
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