United Airlines plane skids off runway after tyres burst on landing at New York airport


A United Airlines plane skidded off the runway after its tyres burst as it landed at an airport near New York.

Some passengers suffered minor injuries when Flight 627 slid off the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Boeing 757-200’s left main landing gear was “stuck in a grassy area” following the incident at 1pm.

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“The aircraft will be towed off the airfield after passengers leave the aircraft via stairs,” it added in a statement.

No injuries were reported to the FAA but United said some passengers had refused treatment for minor injuries. The airline did not say how many people were hurt.

The pilot told those on board the plane had blown two tyres as it landed, according to passenger Caroline Craddock. She said at least one person hit their head and another suffered an elbow injury.

Arrivals and departures were suspended at Newark following the incident. Flights resumed after passengers were “safely deplaned”, the airport tweeted.

The FAA said it was sending officials to the airport to begin an investigation.

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