No arrivals or departures are being allowed at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport because of an unspecified “airport emergency,” the airport said on Twitter Saturday morning.
A passenger aboard a United Airlines flight, John Murray, said his plane was diverted to Newark shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Saturday morning.
“All I know is that 10 minutes after takeoff we weren’t getting much altitude, we were just circling around northern New Jersey and not going anywhere,” he said. “That’s when we landed … at Newark.”
“Emergency crews ushered us out of the plane” after landing, he said.
His plane had been bound for Houston’s George Bush International Airport. Newark airport made its announcement about the ground stop around 8:45 a.m. ET. United couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.