A possible fuel leak and smoke coming from an engine of a United Airlines flight forced the immediate evacuation of a plane early Tuesday after it landed from a cross-country trip at Newark Liberty International Airport, officials said.
Smoke was pouring from one of the 757's engines when it touched down around 2:30 a.m., the Port Authority police union said. The Port Authority's Aircraft Rescue Firefighter units quickly cleared the plane.
Tues., 5/22/18, Newark Airport: #PAPD Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) units responded to R/W 22L at 2:30 a.m., a United 757 landed with smoke coming from No. 2 engine. PAPD evacuated all passengers. Investigating a possible engine fuel leak as cause. #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ #ARFF pic.twitter.com/r9Kj5S1hpK— Port Authority PBA (@PAPD911) May 22, 2018
The flight left San Francisco at 6:07 Pacific time, 27 minutes behind schedule, according to United.