Newark Airport ‘Emergency’ Briefly Halts Flights, Officials Say

Newark Liberty International Airport briefly grounded all arriving and departing flights on Saturday morning after a flight that had departed from La Guardia Airport made an emergency landing at Newark, officials said on Twitter.

The flights were grounded around 8:45 a.m. An hour later, flights resumed, but officials said to expect delays.

Airport officials described what happened on Twitter as an “airport emergency,” but specific details were not immediately available. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, could not immediately be reached for comment.

“We were in the air not more than 20 minutes,” John Murray, 24, of Manhattan, who had been on the plane, said as he waited to be driven from the tarmac to the airport terminal. “The emergency response staff said we had a flat tire.”

The plane, a United Airlines flight, was originally headed to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Mr. Murray explained that shortly after the plane had left La Guardia, he had overheard the flight staff say that the plane’s flat tire had created some friction in the wheel well, and that the friction created smoke, which had prompted the emergency landing.

He said there had been no formal announcement about the emergency landing.

“It was a little nerve-racking seeing that we weren’t gaining any altitude and we were just circulating,” Mr. Murray said. “We kind of figured that something was amiss.”

After the flight landed at Newark, passengers were shuttled by bus from the tarmac to the United Airlines lounge at the Newark airport.

“Once I saw we were landing at Newark, I was sure it had to be for a good reason,” Mr. Murray said.

Neil Reisner was on board a grounded plane on the tarmac at Newark.

“All I could see was another plane surrounded by emergency vehicles,” Mr. Reisner said.

Flight staff members told passengers that there was an emergency at the airport and that all the planes were being held. “They didn’t give us any updates,” Mr. Reisner said.

Earlier this month, tires on a Boeing 757 operated by United Airlines blew out as the plane was landing at Newark. The episode caused flight delays but no injuries to the 166 passengers on board.

Even with the emergency landing, and the shuffling on and off the tarmac, Mr. Murray found a silver lining.

“Also, lighthearted aside,” Mr. Murray posted on Twitter. “Got to try out the aircraft slide! Also top-notch.”

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