Newark Airport: ‘Smoke Condition’ Forces United Airlines Plane Emergency Landing

July 25, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

 A United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport reportedly was smoking on Thursday morning. The the plane had to make an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit, according to NBC News.

“Due to the earlier emergency at #EWR [Newark Airport], most departures from the east coast bound for Newark will be held at their origin until 1pm,” wrote NYCAviation on Twitter.

ABC-7 TV’s Twitter feed broke the story, saying there is a “smoke condition aboard United Airlines plane at Newark Airport.”

According to, the plane was identified as United Express Flight 4890 from Pittsburgh. All passengers were safely taken off the plane at around 11:15 a.m., and there were no injuries.

The plane was towed off the runway shortly after. It is unclear what caused the malfunction.

A person on the flight wrote on Instagram: “Emergency landed back in Newark bcos the plane was on fire!! Couldn’t breathe/see a thing on the plane.”

The plane was identified by the Federal Aviation Administration identified as a DeHavilland DH-8, according to Fox.

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