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United Airlines plane engine catches fire, airport closes

United Airlines plane engine catches fire, airport closes
Posted at 12:56 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 21:31:18-04

NEWARK, NJ (CNN) - New Jersey's Newark Airport closed temporarily Tuesday after a plane engine fire.

According to the airport's Twitter page, a United Airlines jet plane reportedly caught fire while taxiing at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Emergency crews were called in, and the airport closed for safety reasons.

124 passengers and seven crew members were evacuated using air-filled slides.

Airport officials said five people at the scene had minor injuries.

The airport reopened shortly after the incident.

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