A United Airlines jet blew a tire on takeoff from Newark Airport Saturday night and the resulting debris took out one of the engines forcing the jet to return according to the FBI.
United Flight 96, a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, took off at 6:15 PM EDT with 173 passengers and crew. The debris from the blown tire flew in to the left-hand engine just after takeoff.
‘A tire blew during takeoff and flew into an engine, FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff said. The Federal Aviation Administration said it could not confirm that.’
Eyewitnesses reported seeing flames spewing from engine right after the plane took off.
‘Eyewitness Keisha Thomas, who was traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike, said she witnessed fireballs near a wing shortly after the plane took off.
Thomas heard a loud sound, describing it as “pow, pow, pow.”‘
The airliner landed safely at 8:05 PM. There were no reported injuries.
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