The United Express Flight 4480 arriving from Rochester, New York blew its landing gear tires upon its landing in New Jersey.According to an United Airlines statement, the Express Jet Embraer ERJ-135 “experienced four blown tires shortly after landing.”
The incident occurred at 8:24 p.m. local time. According to the Denver Channel, as the plane attempted a landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, it veered off the runway.
Ron Marsico, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, mentioned that the rear tires blew out, and the aircraft skidded onto a taxiway.
NYC Aviation puts forward a different report, writing that the plane was stuck on the runway upon landing. They contacted the airline, and their reps confirmed that the tires were blown.
“Express Jet Flight 4480, operating as United Express from Rochester, NY to Newark, experienced four blown tires shortly after landing. The crew safely brought the aircraft to a stop, and all eight passengers safely deplaned and were bused to the terminal,” the United Express official statement reads.
According to ABC affiliate Eyewitness News, the aircraft came very close to reaching the FAA Navigation Building. However, no injuries have been reported after the incident, neither among travelers, nor among staff.
The plane had 13 people aboard when it came to an abrupt landing. Only 8 of those were passengers, while the others were the members of the flight crew. The passengers were escorted out of the plane safely, and directed to the terminal.
Newark airport’s METAR system registered clear skies at the time of the incident. The wind was blowing at 300 degrees and 13 knots, gusting to 20 knots, at 7:51 p.m. One hour later, 310 degrees were registered, and the speed increased to 15 knots, gusting to 23 knots.