SFO-Bound Plane Evacuated on D.C. Tarmac

A U.S. Supreme Court Justice was on board the plane.

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    A United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco had to be evacuated when smoke was detected in the cabin. Passengers exited the aircraft via inflatable slides.

    Three people were injured Wednesday when a United Airlines flight  bound for San Francisco had to be evacuated on the taxiway at Washington Dulles International Airport because of engine problems, a Dulles airport  spokeswoman said.

    The plane was evacuated before takeoff at Dulles International Airport when a pilot believed something was wrong with one of the engines, according to the airports authority.

    The pilot of United Airlines Flight 586 stopped the 757 due to smoke in the cabin as it was taxiing to the runway and told the crew to deploy the escape chutes.

    Susannah Fox, a passenger aboard the plane, tweeted, "Just evacuated United flight 586 on tarmac at IAD. All OK and I kinda liked the slide."

    The three injuries happened while the passengers were exiting the plane. Two refused treatment, and the third was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

    NBC News  confirmed one of the passengers is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 78.  According to passengers on the plane, she was accompanied by Secret Service, which would be standard policy. Ginsburg did go down the chute and was not hurt, according to NBC Washington.

     

     Passengers were escorted to the airport's Admiral's Club to wait for a new flight.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.