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United Flight Blows Tire During Takeoff in New Jersey

United Flight Blows Tire During Takeoff in New Jersey
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By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 09:46 AM

A United Airlines flight blew a tire during takeoff in New Jersey but continued its journey to Portland International Airport in Oregon, where it landed safely on Sunday night, according to CBS News.

One unnamed passenger onboard Flight 1551 from Newark Liberty International Airport told Fox News how there was a loud bang as the plane was taking off.

Other passengers told KOIN that they felt something "pop" as the plane made its way down the runway.

"So, when we were taking off out of Newark, the plane kind of shuddered as the nose lifted. After that, everything was fine," Kyle Hobbs said.

"About 90 minutes before we landed, the crew came out, made sure everyone was awake. Told us we were going to have a problem with the landing gear and to prepare for the worst."

The flight crew reportedly moved four passengers so that they could assist with an emergency slide if necessary, KOIN noted.

Mateo Agemo, also on the flight, said per KATU-TV that cabin crew had cautioned passengers in the back of the plane that there was a chance they would have to move to the front of the plane should complications arise during landing."I was in the back so I was a little bit nervous but everyone on the plane was nervous. The staff made everyone quiet and relaxed," he said.

Port officials confirmed they were aware of the plane blowing out at least one of its tires on takeoff, KATU-TV reported.

Meanwhile back on the ground, Port of Portland and Portland Fire were on standby to assist but the flight was able to touch down without incident and passengers were able to deplane as normal.

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A United Airlines flight blew a tire during takeoff at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday but landed safely at its destination, Portland International Airport in Oregon.
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