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Plane Blows Tires, Skids Down Runway

But passengers in Newark only suffer light injuries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
This photo provided by Caroline Craddock shows emergency personnel help passengers off a plane after a United Airlines plane skidded off the runway after landing at Newark Liberty International Airport...   (Caroline Craddock via AP)

(Newser) – Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, sending it skidding on the runway before coming to a halt, the AP reports. United Airlines says Flight 627 from Denver was landing at 1pm Saturday with 166 passengers when the tires blew. United spokesman Robert Einhorn says the plane remained on the runway. The FAA initially said it skidded off the pavement but later said it "veered to the left side of the pavement."

The airline says some passengers with minor injuries refused medical attention and no one was seriously injured. The airport reported resuming flights shortly before 3pm 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.

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