Newark airport closes after plane engine fire, officials say

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened after a plane engine caught fire, prompting a temporarily closure.

"We're grateful for the patience shown by our customers who endured the disruptive behavior of this passenger, as well as the exceptional poise and professionalism of our flight crew", United Spokesman Jonathan Guerin said.

No crew members or passengers aboard American Airlines flight 2675 were injured, according to a spokesperson for American Airlines. Reports of five minor injuries.

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"The pilot came on and said that it would take about 20 minutes as we were number 18 to take off", Toney told CNN. "A stewardess just said run as fast as you can away from the plane", said Dixon.

The airport was closed for nearly two hours as the Boeing 757 jet was towed to the United hangar and its passengers were shuttled by bus to Terminal C.

In one exchange the man says, "This stupid man over here that does not know how to speak English and it doesn't make sense, moron". The passengers were ferried back to the terminal and would be put on later flights, he added.

According to the LA Times, the flight was bound for Newark, N.J., but the captain made an unscheduled stop in San Francisco to eject the man.

Port Authority police later said all 142 passengers and seven United employees were "accounted for" and that three people were treated for injuries.

Two planes on the runway at Austin-Bergstrom International airport Wednesday night bumped into each other's wings, causing noticeable damage to at least one of the aircrafts, airport officials confirmed.

  • Zachary Reyes