Plane skids on runway Newark Airport

Caroline Craddock via AP

Flights Resume At Newark Airport After Plane Skids On Runway

June 15, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — Flights have resumed flying in and out of Newark Libtery Airport after authorities say a plane blew tires while landing, sending it skidding on the runway before coming to a halt.

Flight 627 from Denver was landing at 1 p.m. Saturday with 166 passengers when the tires blew, according to United Airlines.

The FAA said the plane skidded off the pavement and its landing gear became stuck in a grassy area, but United spokesman Robert Einhorn said the plane remained on the runway.

The airline said some passengers with minor injuries refused medical attention and no one was seriously injured.

The airport reported resuming flights shortly before 3 p.m. but said to expect delays. 

It later reported operating in "limited capacity" after the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane shouldn't be moved until investigators arrived.

The WCBS Traffic team says there could be two hour delays or more in the worst circumstances.

Caroline Craddock was onboard the plane. She said it was a little turbulent, but nothing out of the ordinary.

"Then we hit the ground, bounced up, hit the ground again, bounced up, and then veered off to the left and the pilot slammed on the brakes and we came to a suddeny stop," she said.

The pilot told passengers it looked like a tire had popped.

Craddock said there were some bumps and bruises but nothing major -- mostly just frayed nerves.

"I was shaky for a few minutes, but I think overall we're pretty lucky the pilot landed the plane pretty well given the circumstances," she said.