Newark Airport Closes Following Second Emergency Landing in 14 Days

Jun 29, 2019

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For the second time in just 14 days, Newark Airport (EWR) was forced to ground all flights Saturday morning as a result of a disabled aircraft occupying one of the airport’s two main runways. While the airport has since reopened, delays are expected to persist throughout the day as a result of the brief ground stop.

United Airlines UA 2098 Emergency Landing

Earlier this morning, a United Airlines flight from New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia. According to United Airlines in a statement, the Airbus A319 experienced a “mechanical issue upon takeoff.” Initial reports indicate that the mechanical issue was related to the landing gear. The flight quickly diverted to nearby Newark Airport (EWR). This ground stop comes amidst one of the busiest times of the year for air travel, as well as right before the Fourth of July holiday.

United Airlines flight UA2098 (Image via Flightradar24)
United Airlines flight UA2098 (Image via Flightradar24)

All passengers and crew were able to evacuate the aircraft without injury following a successful emergency landing. Newark grounded all flights and closed the airport to arriving aircraft for a short time thereafter. The airport, which typically uses two runways at any given time, kept one of the main runways closed for a brief period creating additional delays. As of 11 am ET, the airport has fully reopened.

Numerous inbound flights were forced to divert to other airports as a result of the ground stop. Those flights are currently in the process of returning to Newark. Departing flights were also delayed during the ground stop but have since resumed. The ground stop has been far more impactful for arriving flights with delays averaging 96 minutes. Departing flights are experiencing delays between 16 and 30 minutes.

Additionally, just 14 days ago, Newark experienced a similar incident, which required the airport to briefly suspend all departing and arriving flights. On June 15th, a United Airlines Boeing 757 en route to Newark Airport (EWR) from Denver (DEN) experienced a hard landing which disabled the aircraft and required all passengers onboard the aircraft to be bused to the terminals. The disabled aircraft remained on the runway for hours before it could safely be removed.

That incident also led to major delays at Newark Airport as a result of the initial ground stop and subsequent single runway operations.

United Airlines flight UA
United Airlines flight UA627 is removed from the runway after suffering a hard landing upon arrival to Newark Airport (EWR) on June 15, 2019. (Image by Zach Honig on Twitter)

Passengers concerned about the status of their flights should first consult their airline either via the airline’s mobile app, website or by phone. Passenger can also consult Newark Airport’s website and official Twitter feed for the latest information regarding operations at the airport.

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