Plane Blows Tires Landing in Newark, Stranding Passengers

Passengers were stranded on the tarmac of Newark Airport for hours Sunday after some of their plane's tires blew out while landing, officials said.

United Airlines Flight 961 was landing in Newark around 1:30 p.m. from Frankfurt, Germany when the Boeing 777-222 "experienced tire issues," a spokesperson for the airline said. 

"I almost went flying out of my seat," passenger Briana Oakland said.

No one was reported injured, but several passengers were shaken up. "I was scared," Oakland said.

Heinz Roth described the landing as "exceptionally nice," but he said it felt like the plane hit two large potholes moments later. "That's when the tires popped," he said. 

The passengers were eventually bused from the plane to Terminal B, where family and friends awaited. They weren't seen leaving the airport until after 5:30 p.m. — more than four hours after the plane arrived. 

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