(NEWARK, N.J.) — A flight bound for India returned to New Jersey on Sunday after an engine fire forced an emergency landing.
Air India Flight 144 was on its way to Mumbai from Newark Liberty International Airport with 313 passengers on board when the fire occurred.
Air Traffic Control responded to the incident, saying smoke was coming out of the plane. Port Authority officials confirmed it was an mechanical engine fire that caused the issue.
Some New Jersey residents said they heard trouble overhead while the plane was passing over the area.
“I was out walking my dog and I heard what sounded like a loud helicopter coming my way,” said resident Sheryle Robert. “Instead of seeing a helicopter, I saw a jumbo jet flying like right over my head, like very low. It was huge and I was like, ‘Oh my god,’ I’m like, ‘Something must be wrong.'”
The aircraft returned safely to Newark around 5:05 p.m. No injuries were reported, though the plane had multiple blown tires.
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