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.

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Jan 25, 2013 7:24 AM CST
Earth must have shifted and the plane landed hard. Gotta watch that.
Jan 21, 2013 5:44 PM CST
I have an idea of how those passengers must have felt; I was on a military flight one time (C-9 Nightengale), on landing the pilot hit the runway so hard we heard a big bang and I thought he might have blown a couple of tires (but he didn't); all we felt were the reverse thrusters and pilot hitting the brakes; he took up most of the runway before he was able to stop the aircraft. I assume the pilot could have used a couple of more lessons on landing. I'm glad the brakes worked.
Jan 21, 2013 4:53 PM CST
This picture is not an RJ it's an A320 airbus