The aircraft involved, N26123, was flying from Denver as flight UA627 when it concluded its flight with a broken nose. Although the damage is structural and likely significant, no passengers or crew members were injured.
“For those on the flight, we arranged transport for passengers from the aircraft to the airport terminal and paramedics were on site as a precaution,” said United Airlines spokesman Robert Einhorn. “We’re in close touch with the FAA and airport authorities and are working expeditiously to safely remove the disabled aircraft so that operations at the airport can return to normal.”
The airport was immediately shut down. A tweet from the Newark Airport account reads “Due to an airport emergency there are currently no arrivals nor departures from Newark Airport…Please check with your carrier before coming to the airport.”
All inbound flights to Newark were diverted to airports including:
- Boston (BOS)
- Cleveland (CLE)
- New York Kennedy (JFK)
- New York LaGuardia (LGA)
- New York Stewart (SWF)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Richmond (RIC)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
The airport re-opened and resumed flights just before 2:54 pm local time.
A statement was released by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Their official statement is displayed below:
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