News Plane incidents — 23 July 2017

What was supposed to be the start of a Hawaiian vacation for many turned out to be an early morning nightmare at the airport.

A United Airlines plane was evacuated at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning, delaying passengers for hours, officials said.

Flight 61 a Boeing 767 aircraft en route to Honolulu, scheduled for leave at 8:40 a.m. was on the runway when an issue with a flight deck window caused the aircraft to stop and abort the full flight, officials said.

(Sources initially suggested it was a brake issue before later clarifying.)

“United flight 61 from Newark to Honolulu was not able to takeoff this morning due to a minor mechanical issue. The pilot reported at about 9 a.m. that an indicator in the cockpit alerted to a possible mechanical issue

Customers deplaned and we are providing meal vouchers, snacks and beverages as we work as quickly as possible to get customers to Honolulu,” said Maddie King, a spokesperson for United.

Hundreds of passengers and crew members were bused to Terminal C.
The aircraft will be towed to a maintenance hangar.

The flight has been rescheduled for 1:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon on another aircraft.

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