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    A United Airlines flight headed for San Francisco was evacuated late Tuesday due to apparent engine fire, officials said. Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, May 23, 2017)

    A United Airlines flight headed for San Francisco was evacuated late Tuesday due to apparent engine fire, officials said.

    Nearly 150 passengers aboard United Airlines flight 1579 had to evacuate on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. A passenger aboard that flight said they were waiting on the tarmac when the pilot announced they had to evacuate.

    United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said air traffic control notified the crew about flames coming from one of the engines of the San Francisco-bound plane.

    "The crew immediately deployed the slides and evacuated the aircraft," Guerin said.

    Newark Airport officials reported five minor injuries in the incident.

    United was able to get passengers aboard another plane late Tuesday night, and it was scheduled to arrive at SFO about 3:30 a.m. 

    The emergency prompted the FAA to issue a temporary ground stop at Newark Airport.

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