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Flight in New Jersey Aborted After Sparks Shoot from Engine

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 22, 2015

Flight in New Jersey Aborted After Sparks Shoot from Engine

Photo courtesy of Ross Preschat/Twitter

Passengers got more than they bargained for on Sunday night when a plane at Newark Liberty Airport was forced to abort its takeoff and come to a stop on the runway as sparks began shooting out of one of the aircraft’s engine.

According to Henry Austin of, United Airlines Flight 5796, operated by ExpressJet, was set for departure at 10:30 p.m. local time from the New Jersey airport en route to Savannah, Ga., when the pilot was informed that sparks were shooting out of the left engine.

After the plane came to a complete stop on the runway, the plane was towed back to the terminal and all 41 passengers were removed safely. Every passenger except one boarded another flight, and the airport did not suffer any major delays due to the incident.

An ExpressJet spokesperson told, “Passengers have now departed on a different plane following an earlier mechanical issue with one of the original aircraft's engines. There was never any fire. Another aircraft reported seeing sparks from one of the plane's engines and out of an abundance of caution passengers were carried back to the terminal.”

Fellow traveler Ross Preschat shared an image of the plane surrounded by fire trucks on Twitter:

This wasn’t the only incident that caused panic this weekend, though, as another flight was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport after the cabin became filled with smoke. NBC is reporting that a defective galley was to blame.

Another major diversion this weekend took place on a flight from Rome to Chicago that was forced to land in Ireland, where passengers were stranded and forced to sleep on the ground, according to Travel Pulse’s Michael Isenbek.

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