- An “emergency” situation at Newark Liberty Airport temporarily shut down departures and arrivals Saturday.
- A spokesperson for New York’s Port Authority said a United Airlines flight left from New York’s LaGuardia Airport before experiencing “hydraulics problems” and blowing a tire upon its emergency landing.
- This is the second incident in two weeks that has caused the airport to shutter after the tires on a United Airlines jet blew out as it landed at Newark earlier this month.
- The airport re-opened after just over an hour and said further delays were expected.
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Newark Liberty Airport was closed temporarily Saturday morning after an “emergency” situation that shut down departures and arrivals at the airport.
The New Jersey airport tweeted that as of 9 a.m. local time, an “airport emergency” had stalled all flights and passengers should check with their airlines before beginning their travel.
Due to an airport emergency there are currently no arrivals nor departures from Newark Airport.Please check with your carrier before coming to the airport 
— Newark Liberty Airport (@EWRairport) June 29, 2019
A spokesperson for United Airlines said in a statement to Business Insider that flight 2098 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Houston’s George Bush Airport, “experienced a mechanical issue upon take-off” before it was diverted to Newark.
“Our pilots reacted quickly to ensure the safety of the aircraft and our customers, who deplaned using deployed slides after landing,” the spokesperson said. “There are no reported injuries and we’re making alternate arrangements to get our customers to their final destination as soon as possible.”
A spokesperson for New York’s Port Authority clarified that the plane experienced “hydraulics problems” and upon its emergency landing, blew a tire, forcing authorities to close the runway and sort the towing of the plane.
This is the second incident in two weeks that has caused the airport to shutter after the tires on a United Airlines jet blew out as it landed at Newark earlier this month. No injuries were reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s website said there was a “Traffic Management Program” underway after an unspecified aircraft incident and that both arrivals and departures would experience delays of 46 and 60 minutes, which are expected to increase.
A Twitter user who said he was on the flight from LaGuardia to Houston, posted that passengers were evacuated after a United Airlines flight had made a safe emergency landing in Newark.
UA2098 LGA-IAH had to make an emergency landing at EWR. Best I know–had a flat tire on takeoff(?), friction in the wheel well created some smoke. Flight crew and emergency response teams are top-notch. pic.twitter.com/oR2ndSUU0J
— John Murray (@jmurray26) June 29, 2019
Passengers on different flights took to social media to describe disruptions in flights at other airports. CBC journalist Jen White tweeted that her departure from Toronto was delayed, pending further information.
Sitting on a flight in Toronto waiting for takeoff to Newark and the pilot says that airport has been closed due to an emergency situation. We’re told there will be an update in an hour. #ewr
— Jen White (@j_whites) June 29, 2019
One user appeared to described that the flight he was on was diverted more than 60 miles north to New York’s Stewart Aiport, which sits in the state’s Hudson Valley, above Manhattan.
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