A United Airlines engine fire forced Flight 4882 to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday afternoon so all 71 passengers could quickly evacuate.
The United flight departed Raleigh-Durham International Airport and was on its way to Newark Liberty International Airport when it landed in Philadelphia around 4 p.m., WCAU-TV reported
. All passengers and crewmembers evacuated within a matter of minutes and no injuries were reported.
"Midway through the flight we heard a loud sound," passenger Everett Cunningham told WCAU-TV. "I was on the left side of the plane and looked off to the right side. The propeller stopped. People in the back of the plane reported smoke and fire. That's what happened. They said we were gonna take an emergency landing in Philly."
"They told everybody to not grab our stuff and to get off the plane immediately," Cunningham continued. "People were going off the back of the plane and the front of the plane."
Another passenger, Brian Giordano, told WPVI-TV
that the moments before the landing were a little uneasy for passengers as flight attendants readied them for the emergency landing.
"It was a little tense because they prepped us for a crash. They went through the routine to make sure we knew how to position ourselves and if they called out 'brace, brace' — that's what we were supposed to do," Giordano said.
Airport officials told the television station that a fire had broken out in the No. 2 engine of the United Express turbo-prop plane.
NJ Advance Media reported that one passenger
was taken to the hospital because of a history of heart conditions. Philadelphia International was on a groundstop while the passengers from Flight 4882 were on the tarmac, which briefly delayed incoming flights. Newark Liberty reopened all of its runaway traffic around 5:10 p.m.
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