The plane had blown two tyres as it landed. United Airlines has issued a statement confirming that Flight 627, traveling from Denver to Newark, “experienced multiple flat tires upon landing in Newark.” The plane became disabled after landing, the airline said. The fuselage and airframe have sustained extensive damage. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Boeing 757-200’s left main landing gear was “stuck in a grassy area.” The 757 carried 166 passengers and 6 crew members. Passengers were “safely deplaned.” Paramedics were on site as a precaution. The airline said some passengers with minor injuries refused medical attention and no one was seriously injured.
Arrivals and departures were suspended at Newark. Several international flights were forced to divert. United flights from Porto, Portugal and Shannon, Ireland, both 757s, and from Berlin and Venice, both wide-body 767s, landed at Albany International Airport. By 3 p.m. Netwark Liberty National Airport was reopened but operating at reduced capacity because of the loss of the runway where the Denver flight had landed. Airport officials noted “delays are expected to continue.”