Plane Blows Tires, Veers Off Runway

No one injured in that Newark incident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2013 8:09 AM CST
In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photograph, a United Airlines passenger plane taxis at Newark Liberty International airport in Newark, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

(Newser) – A United Express plane from western New York blew four tires as it landed at Newark and veered off a runway last night, authorities say. A Port Authority spokesperson says Flight 4480 from Rochester was landing in New Jersey when several rear tires blew. He tells the Star-Ledger that the plane veered onto a taxiway and didn't strike anything, although anonymous sources tell Eyewitness News it almost struck an FAA building. It was carrying eight passengers and five crew members; no one was hurt.

It's not clear what caused the incident, which was not the only mishap at Newark yesterday. Earlier in the day, a United Airlines employee became pinned between a luggage cart and a food service truck. The spokesperson says the worker was seriously hurt. It's unclear how the accident happened. (Read more United Airlines stories.)

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