What to Know
- A United Express jet at Newark Liberty International Airport being pushed back from its gate by a tug struck a service truck, a source says
- The impact caused the vehicle to flip over with the driver inside, an airport source tells NBC 4
- The driver was transported with an injured arm to a local hospital
A United Express jet at Newark Liberty International Airport that was being pushed back from its gate by a tug struck a service truck, causing it to flip over with the driver inside, an airport source tells NBC 4.
The incident occurred around 11:40 a.m. Friday near Gate 26 in Terminal A of the airport.
According to the FAA, the ExpressJet Airlines Flight 4080, an Embraer E145 aircraft, was scheduled to depart for Richmond, Virginia.
The jet aircraft involved had 47 people aboard the plane, along with two pilots and one flight attendant, according to United.
The airline says none of the people on the plane were injured. The passengers retured to the gate, where they deplaned normally.
Port Authority Police Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) Unit responded and rescued the driver from the truck. The driver was transported to Beth Isreal Hospital in Newark with an injured arm, the source says.
It is unclear if the vehicle was a food service truck belonging to its in-house catering operation.
The incident is under investigation by the FAA and United.