New York, United States – The Newark International Airport, in the state of New Jersey and very close to New York, closed air traffic for an hour on Saturday due to an emergency landing, causing delays, the aerodrome and local media reported. .
The airport interrupted air traffic at 8.45 local time (12.45 GMT) due to an “emergency“, according to its official website, which did not provide further details.
The local television channel CBS New York indicated that a plane bound for Houston that had taken off at 8:30 from the nearby LaGuardia airport in New York, suffered a mechanical problem and was diverted to Newark.
During the emergency landing, in which there were no injuries although some people suffered minor injuries, one of the wheels of the aircraft exploded.
In addition, the plane suffered several structural damages, which forced the airport authorities to close the runway and suspend the activity temporarily.
At 9:26 local time, the airport announced its reopening although it warned that several flights have been affected and will suffer delays, so it recommended passengers to check the schedules.
On January 22, the same airfield suspended air traffic for about 30 minutes after detecting a drone flying at a great height some 22 kilometers away from the area.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) explained that the crews of two aircraft bound for Newark detected about 1700 local time (23.00 GMT) the drone, which flew about 1,000 meters above the Teterboro airport (New Sweater).