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Engine Sparks Fly from United Jet, Delays Newark Air Traffic

Photo provided by United Airlines

Late Sunday evening, the crew of United Flight 5796 was preparing for takeoff out of Newark Liberty International Airport when the captain noticed sparks coming out of the number one engine.  Port Authority officials tell AirlineGeeks.com that the captain decided to lean on the side of caution and abort the takeoff.  As seen in a photo posted online, the Port Authority sent fire trucks to the scene, but no injuries were reported.  The aircraft was en-route to Savannah Airport but, instead was towed back to United’s Terminal A.  Passengers onboard were bused back to the terminal and rescheduled by United Airlines on a later flight.  We reached out to United on whether the incident plane was inspected.  They did not get back to us for comment.  Typically, the flight is flown on an Embraer 135, but, it seems that according to FlightAware.com the replacement aircraft was an Embraer 145XR.  FlightAware.com also shows passengers departing at 12:20 a.m. the next morning, about four hours behind schedule.  They are expected to arrive in Savannah, at 2:00 a.m.

Unfortunately, this flight was not the only one affected.  The airport apparently shut down according to reports on social media.  Twitter user Mike Hogan was onboard Delta Air Lines Flight 504 when his captain announced their plan to land at Newark had been thwarted and that they would be landing at New York’s Kennedy Airport instead. Passengers were given the option to deplane there, or remain on the Boeing 717 in the wait for it to begin its ten-minute flight to Newark.  That flight was scheduled to land at Newark at 10:33 p.m. on Sunday, but didn’t arrive until 1:30 a.m. the next morning.  This all proves how one incident can change a multitude of things occurring in the aviation industry, and it is important to consider possible flight changes when taking to the skies.




AirlineGeeks.com Staff


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